HONOLULU, Hawaii — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said Monday (PH Time) that his mother, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, would have wanted to come to his working visit here.
“Oh yes, oh yes she would. She would love to have come just to see all of the people. If she cannot travel, sabi ko nga kay Manong Joe, ikaw na lang pumunta doon pasusundo ka namin,” Marcos said.
[If she cannot travel, I told Manong Joe that he be the one to go (to the Philippines), and we'll have him fetched.]
Joe Lazo is a friend of the Marcoses. The President said Joe is very close to his parents, especially during the time of their exile.
Marcos has said his mother told him to meet and thanked all Filipinos who had helped them survive during their exile in 1986.
The President said when his family arrived in Hawaii back in 1986, they had nothing and it was the Filipino community who provided their needs.
Marcos said all of their needs were provided by Filipinos, noting that the Marcoses could be gone if not for the assistance they received from concerned kababayans [countrymen].
To recall, Marcos, together with the late former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., his mother, and his siblings, fled to Honolulu on a US Air Force C-130 after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.
During his visit t here, Marcos also went to the Indo Pacific Command military base. — RSJ, GMA Integrated News