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Senator Bongbong, Former First Lady Imelda Marcos Attend In Tacloban Papal Mass

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos, Senator Bongbong Attend In Tacloban Papal Mass
Former First Lady Imelda Marcos, Senator Bongbong Attend In Tacloban Papal Mass © Twitter

Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos was present at the mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport here on Saturday according to media report.

“The message of the Holy Father is about the poor, and I love the poor,” Marcos told reporters in a chance interview after the mass.

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos, Senator Bongbong Attend In Tacloban Papal Mass
Former First Lady Imelda Marcos, Senator Bongbong Attend In Tacloban Papal Mass © Twitter

“If more people think like him, the country will be more united and able to grow,” she said.

The former first lady is a native of Tolosa, Leyte, and was called the “Rose of Tacloban” in her younger days.

She is an aunt of Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez.

Marcos attended the mass as an ordinary pilgrim, a Vatican correspondent John Allen reported on Catholic news website Crux.

She was seen wearing the same yellow plastic raincoat worn by the pope and the rest of the pilgrims gathered at the airport.

Allen said Marcos did not meet Pope Francis, “who was likely unaware of her presence.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Marcos’ son, also attended the mass, based on a photo he posted on his Twitter account.

“Tacloban is washed clean by the rain and blessed by the pope,” the senator said.

Mayor Romualdez thanked Pope Francis for consoling the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

“His message was very humbling, inspiring,” said Romualdez.

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