By Eco Alfaro Turno
FACT CHECK: Is it true that Atty. Liza Araneta Marcos, the wife of presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said the government couldn’t afford her services as a lawyer?
A two-part video went viral on social media comparing the statements of Liza Araneta Marcos and Leni Robredo on being lawyers, with Liza Araneta Marcos supposedly saying “I’m a lawyer, but to enter the government, no way! They can’t afford me.”
Is it true that Atty. Liza Araneta Marcos said this?
It’s worth noting that the viral video was cropped, apparently with the intent or purpose of making Mrs. Marcos’ words appear haughty.
The video was taken from the Boy Abunda Talk Channel on Youtube, with 1.52 million subscribers, where Liza Marcos and her son Vinnie Marcos showed up recently as invited guests.
On the show, when she was asked if she would be politically active if she ever became the first lady, she told celebrity talk show host Boy Abunda, “Maybe I’ll cross the bridge when I get there.”
“But if ever, teaching will be good, I’m a lawyer. But to enter government, no way,” she added in jest.
Mrs. Marcos, who is a law professor prefers “keeping out of the limelight,” and claimed that joining the government is “not [her] thing” as she enjoys her private life as a lawyer and educator.
“I’m a lawyer, I like teaching, I like staying out of the limelight,” she said.
Mrs. Marcos taught law at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Far Eastern University, Northwestern University, and Mariano Marcos State University, among other colleges in the Philippines. She was most recently employed at Baguio City’s Saint Louis University.
To assist her pupils in passing the Bar Exams, she contributed her income as a teacher to them, to be used to purchase everything they needed to prepare for the exams.
“I’ve been teaching for 20 years so I tell them, ‘My salary, we’ll just use it for the Bar,'” she said.
“I don’t accept it and I just tell them, just make it puhunan until the fourth year, and then my students will take the Bar,” she added.
Despite her work as an educator and being the wife of a politician, Mrs. Marcos said she enjoys being a private person.
You can watch the full video here: Interview on Boy Abunda Talk Channel -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QimmWabdg2c
Related source: https://www.facebook.com/mai.uy.1/videos/499162215089914
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