President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. Contributed Photo

Ooops… Marcos introduces wife as ‘First Lady Imelda’ in pre-departure speech

PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. had a slip of the tongue on Wednesday, calling his wife, Marie Louise “Liza” Araneta-Marcos as “First Lady Imelda”.

The Chief Executive’s slip-up happened while delivering his pre-departure speech at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, as he was acknowledging the presence of key government officials present at his send-off for his five-day official visit to Japan.

It was when he was about to introduce his wife that Marcos uttered a different name.

“… and First Lady Imelda – ah Imelda,” he said which elicited laughter from the audience, including the First Lady.

Imelda is Marcos’ mother, the former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

In his five-day official visit, Marcos hopes to ink agreements with Japan that could boost trade and security ties between Manila and Tokyo.

Part of Marcos’ itinerary for his February 8 to 12 trip to the East Asian country include a meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Nishida, an audience with Emperor Naruhito, talks with Japanese business groups, and a dialogue with the Filipino community.

Joining the President are former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, Speaker Martin Romualdez, Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo, Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual, Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco, Special Assistant to the President Anton Lagdameo Jr., and Communications Secretary Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil, among others.

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