MANILA, Philippines — Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr categorically denied allegations by a school principal accusing him of being an incompetent parent, tolerating his sons’ poor academic performance for the past years.
According to Jorge Hilario, principal of The Derek Zoolander School for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Want to Do Other Stuff Good Too, the senator has been signing off his children’s report card for several years, even though they have failing marks and doesn’t seem to encourage his kids to do better at school.
In a statement, Marcos said that an internal investigation of his office showed his signature on his son’s report cards, all having failing to barely passing grades from 1st Grade to 4th year in high school, were falsified.
“In my 19 years as a parent, I have always guided my sons to the path to which I think would bring glory to our family name,” said Marcos. “Never in this lifetime would I have tolerated failing grades, tardiness or pity grades (pasang awa).”
Marcos said the internal probe revealed the following findings:
- The signature of Marcos which appeared on the report card of his son, Vince Lliam, from school year 2004 to 2012, were falsified.
- A promissory note signed by Marcos and addressed to his eldest son’s teachers saying, “I hereby acknowledge my son’s lack of interest in his studies and therefore giving him permission to skip classes, particularly Science, Math & Language,” dated January 16, 2009, were also falsified.
- A written message beside his forged signature on another son’s report card saying, “I am a busy man, my signature affixed herein is proactive for the rest of the school year,” is also not of his handwriting, and therefore, falsified.
- Another note saying that, “I hereby authorize my chief of staff Ramon Cardenas to sign my son’s report card on my behalf,” was also forged.
- Graffiti with “Bongbong 2016” spray painted and signed on various walls inside the school grounds were also not of his doing.
Marcos said he purposely kept quiet when the principal came out with his accusations in July.
“Instead, I instructed my office to conduct an investigation because I wanted to be very sure about what I would say since I didn’t want to misinform nor mislead the public,” Marcos said.
According to Marcos, he was never informed that a parent must sign-off his or her child’s report card every quarter.
“I thought we just have to pay their tuition fees and bahala na ang mga teachers sa kanila (it’s all up to the teachers),” he said.
“Kailangan pa palang icheck kung may pinatutunguhan ang perang ibinabayad mo sa school (Who would’ve thought that there is still a need to check where the money you pay the school is headed)?”
He added, “I’d rather be called stupid or ignorant, than be called an incompetent or useless father.”
Other senators, including senator Bong Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada will also undertake their own internal investigations to see if their children have forged their signatures for other unscrupulous purposes as well.