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Marcos on Josh and Bimby's visit to First Lady Liza: 'We've always been okay'

By NICK GARCIA Published Jul 10, 2024 4:33 pm

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. explained why the sons of Kris Aquino visited his wife, First Lady Liza Marcos, as he noted they've "always been okay."

"The reason na pinuntahan nila si First Lady ay simple lamang," Marcos told reporters in an ambush interview on July 10. "Dahil ang kaniyang auntie ay napang-asawa ang eldest brother ni Cory (Aquino). They're related."

"What the reports did not say is that Liza is their aunt," he added.

The president was talking about Pedro Cojuangco, the husband of Sari Cacho, the sister of Liza's mother.

Marcos noted that Kris needed "some assistance" for their "travel arrangements," so her sons Josh and Bimby visited Liza.

"Di naman nakakapagtaka, kilalang-kilala niya ang mga pamangkin niya very well," he said of his wife. "Nagbiyahe, bumalik, then may dalang pasalubong. 'Yun lang naman."

Marcos said Josh and Bimby's visit was a "very fun gesture on the part of the Aquino family," calling it a "human interaction between our families."

Asked if the "feud" between the Aquinos and the Marcoses is over, the president said, "We've always been okay."

"We just don't agree politically," he continued.

Liza made the headlines after she shared photos of her hanging out with Josh and Bimby on Instagram.

"Thank you for taking time off to visit me, Bimby and Josh," Liza wrote in her caption.

"It was so nice to see you guys after all these years," she added. "[Love] my pasalubong!"

One of the boxes of gifts appeared to be from the luxury brand Hermes.

The Aquinos and the Marcoses are among the most prominent political families in the country, being dubbed as bitter rivals.

Former senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr.—Cory's husband and Kris' father—was a prominent critic of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos, the father and namesake of Bongbong.

Aquino was arrested when Marcos Sr. declared martial law in 1972. He was assassinated in 1983, fueling speculations that Marcos Sr. was behind it.

Following Aquino's assassination, Cory emerged as the opposition leader and went against Marcos Sr. in the 1986 snap elections, whose results led to the EDSA People Power Revolution.

Cory became president as the Marcoses were overthrown and went into exile in Hawaii.