LABUAN BAJO—The wife of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak broke protocol at a reception in London to have a selfie with President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
According to Marcos, the official's wife said one of their helpers—a Filipino—told her to take picture with the Philippine Chief Executive.
"So ang protocol doon sa reception, bawal mag-selfie. Eh, asawa naman siya ng Prime Minister. Sabi niya, I’m going to violate the protocol because sabi raw nung kanilang ... kasambahay ay huwag kang aalis diyan hanggang makakuha ka ng picture kasama ng Presidente namin," Marcos told reporters in an interview.
"Ang galing talaga ng Pinoy," he added.
Sunak's wife is Akshata Murthy.
(The protocol at the reception prohibited selfies. She's the wife of the Prime Minister. She said she was going to violate the protocol because their household helper told her not to leave without taking a picture with our President. Filipinos are really good.)
Marcos over the weekend attended the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
He is now in Labuan Bajo for the 42nd ASEAN Summit.
Marcos said he met Sunak and they talked for six to seven minutes. He said the British leader gave thanks for the good job that Filipinos do in his country.
He mentioned the Filipino health workers in the National Health Service who served during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Well, this is the same thing that comes up every time I meet with leaders. Nagpapasalamat siya sa magandang trabaho ng mga Pilipino’t Pilipina doon sa NHS noong pandemic at kung puwede ba nating dagdagan. Laging may kasunod na ganyan," Marcos said.
(Well, this is the same thing that comes up every time I meet with leaders. He gave thanks for the job well done by Filipinos and Filipinas in the NHS during the pandemic and asked if there could be more of them. There's always that.)
"But also, I basically discussed when we were talking politics and I was saying, I was commenting that at least with his election as leader and now Prime Minister, well magkaroon ng kaunting stability in the UK because medyo magulo, eh," he added. —NB, GMA Integrated News