Philippine News Agency - Marcos celebrates birthday with flood victims

13 September 2012

By Jelly F. Musico | Philippine News Agency

MANILA, Sept. 13 (PNA) – Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. loves to mingle with ordinary people but doing it on his special day reminds him of his father, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

”I just adopted what my father did,” Marcos said after distributing over 2,000 red bags full of relief goods to the flood victims in Meycauayan, Bulacan and Pinagbuhatan, Pasig on Thursday.

Instead of spending money for food in a long table with his friends, Marcos said it would be more prudent to celebrate his 55th birthday with the unfortunate victims of the natural calamities.

”I think it would be improper to party in my birthday when there are people who are still facing difficulties as a result of natural calamities that recently hit our country,” Marcos told the more than 2,000 crowds inside Banga Elementary school gymnasium in Meycauayan.

”So we decided to distribute instead small items that hopefully would help our unfortunate countrymen in this part of our country,” he continued.

Aside from distributing relief goods, Marcos, assisted by local leaders of Meycauayan headed by Gov. Willy Alvarado, donated three wheelchairs to three polio victims. They are Ronalyn Mendoza, Rayann Garbo and John Eriel Aquino.

”My father used to surprise people every time he celebrated his birthday. He would go anywhere where he can find unfortunate people and distribute gifts to them. I just adopted what he did,” Marcos said.

After gift giving in Meycauayan, Marcos proceeded to Pasig where he distributed another 1,000 bags of relief goods before going to the airport for his trip in Singapore.

When asked what his wish, the senator said he would want to continue to stay strong and healthy.

”So that I can continue the work I’m doing that I even more effective and have better ideas to help the progress of our country,” he wished.

Marcos was elected senator in 2010, his highest calling through his 17 years of government service.