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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 13, 2016

Sen. Bongbong Marcos Considers The Late Kuya Germs As A Member Of Their Family

THE LATE KUYA GERMS is an avowed Marcos loyalist so Sen. Bongbong Marcos and his family paid their last respects to him. “When we were in Malacanang, we would have a Christmas party for the poor and Kuya Germs was always the host,” he says. “Mabait siya sa mga bata and you can see, he’s a good person, very sincere, matulungin talaga. He’s like a member of the family and he also helped sa mga kampanya ko so we’ll miss him.”

The senator’s wife, Liza Araneta-Marcos, said that for their last rally, Kuya Germs sent them ten stars to entertain the crowd. “Kaya malungkot talaga kami ngayong wala na siya,” she adds. “Even former First Lady Imelda Marcos and my sisters in law, Imee and Irene, are close to him.”

Their eldest son, Sandro, also faced the press. He’s 21 years old and is about to finish international politics in London but he looks more like a teenager. Their two other sons are Simon, 20, and Vincent, 19, all studying in London boarding schools since they were 11 years old. “Lahat ng anak ko, boys,” says Sen. Bong.
“Gayundin si Ate Imee, 3 boys, and si Irene, 2 boys, kaya walang apong babae ang mommy namin.”

Sen. Bong is running for vice president while Madame Imelda is running for her third term as Ilocos Norte representative and Imee also for her third term as Ilocos Norte Governor. Has he been asked about Sen. Grace Poe? “Yes, but kailan na lang ako naging aware about that. I honestly didn’t know na may tsismis that she’s my sister. I think it’s more of an urban legend. When I met Sen. Grace, sabi ko, sister na ang itatawag ko sa iyo at sabi naman niya, okay kuya.”

Did you know that Sen. Bong has appeared in a movie when he was a boy? He played himself in “Iginuhit ng Tadhana”, the 1964 biopic of his late dad, with Vilma Santos and Gina Alajar as his sister. “That’s the only movie I did. I just followed what the director told me, but it’s memorable for me. Kaya malapit din sa akin ang pelikula.”