By Ernie Reyes | InterAksyon.com
MANILA, Philippines – If he will have another chance to talk to Pope Francis, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he would thank the Holy See not only for “reminding us with your humility,” but also in choosing Tacloban as the center of the Papal visit.
In the Kapihan sa Senado, Marcos said he had planned to attend the Luneta Mass on the 16th, but instead was advised to go to Tacloban and hear Pope Francis' homily for the survivors of typhoon Yolanda, and have a chance to thank the pope for the attention he gave for the victims of Yolanda.
Marcos said that when he saw the Holy See in Rome sometime in July last year, he thanked Pope Francis for his own humility shown not only during the papal visit in Argentina, but also in every aspect of his public audience.
“When I saw him in Rome, I told him thank for reminding us with lessons of your humility. Yun ang nararamdaman mo sa kanya (That's what I felt from him). His own humility,” Marcos said.
“He told me to pray for peace, pray for me. He is a different kind of Pope. Ibang klase talaga ang dating niya kaya hinahangaan siya ng marami (He's a religious man like no other. That's why many admire him),” he added.
Marcos said that, although politician are not “allowed” to mingle with Pope Francis, but still he will be in Tacloban to welcome him.
“So that’s what we will do. I will be going to Tacloban on the 16th to be there the 17th. The Pope is there on the 17th. We will welcome our Pope. If we will be able to talk to him, that would be nice. If not, ok na rin,” Marcos said.
He said it is more for the Pope to talk to the victims, instead of politicians.
“Mas importante na mas kausap nya yung mga victims talaga,” he said.
When in Rome, Marcos recalled that he introduced himself as a Filipino and came from the Philippines.
“In July last year we went to Rome with my wife and one son. It was a great privilege. When I introduced myself from the Philippines, sabi nya ‘Enero’, I'm coming. He speaks Spanish, Italian. He speaks very little English,” Marcos said.
Enero is the Spanish for January in Argentina.
Marcos said that the Papal visit is very important not only to Catholics, but to the country as a whole.
“But you know it’s a big event. This Pope is different. I have had the honor and the privilege of having had an audience with him in Rome. So ibang klasing ang Santo Papa na ito. His visit to our country is very, very significant. Kasi sya ay makamasa (He is pro masses). He is much attuned to the needs of the poor,” he said.
Also, Marcos said, Pope Francis is a rock star pope because he is interested in the poor, the underprivileged, the children and the disabled persons.
“Of course, he is interested in meeting with important dignataries, but he is more inclined to meet the ordinary, poor people.
During that moment, Marcos reminisced, he completely failed to deliver his 'prepared" spiel as though written on a codigo.
“Nautal kami (We got tongue-tied). Rock star eh. We were awed. The pope is a rock star. Even my son forgot to remove his eye shades. We were all star struck,” Marcos said.
Marcos also recalled that Pope Francis had dispensed with the dress code during his audience. He wore a traditional coat and tie, but saw some people wearing shorts.
“We wondered why this was so. Apparently, the pope had said, out with the dress code,” Marcos said.
“Sandali lang yung meeting, pero hindi siya nagmamadali, kung ano gusto mo sabihin hintayin ka. Basta naka-wheel chair, mga bata lalapitan nya (Even though the meeting was a short one, he was never in a hurry. Whatever you had to say, he would listen. And he would be the one to approach those who are children or in wheelchair),” he added.