Unknown provincial reporter on BBM after 2019 meeting: I met a guy who changed the way I thought he was

After years demonization of the Marcoses by mainstream media and our history books, no wonder, many Filipinos have bad impression of the Marcos’ children, especially Bongbong Marcos aka BBM.

Regional reporter named JP Generoso is no exception.

However, his bad impression of the Marcoses, especially BBM will take a 180-degree turn after this gesture of BBM during their meeting in 2019 for an interview.

You may read JP Generoso’s original FB post below now.

BBM, THE RICH MAN WHO LET ME REST ON HIS BED.

I’d like to share a memorable experience when I did a one-on-one personal interview with BongBong Marcos way back in 2019.

BBM was in Negros attending an event and he stayed in one of the hotels in the city. As an investigative reporter that time, I went to the event and asked BBM if I could have a one on one exclusive interview with him.

Since the place was crowded and noisy, he brought me upstairs into his room. The chairs have bags on them, so he told me to sit on his bed instead.

With him on the other side, we started the interview. After a while, his phone rang and he answered it. After a couple of minutes, BBM said: “I am sorry I really need to go downstairs to meet a friend but you can stay here, watch TV and take a rest.” “I’ll be back shortly and we’ll finish the talk,” he added.

So I comfortably lay on my back in that soft bed, watch the TV, and waited for him.

On that moment, I realized how could a man so powerful, accused of being a tyrant like his dad was, made me lie on his bed like a good old friend. I REALLY WONDER IF NOYNOY AQUINO WOULD DO THE SAME FOR ME. I am a nobody. Just an insignificant provincial radio reporter but he treated me so well.

After more than half an hour or so, he went back and finish what we’ve started. Before we bid our goodbyes, we took this picture.

Mind you, he didn’t offer any money. A SIGN OF RESPECT TO US, INCORRUPTIBLE JOURNALISTS.

It isn’t about politics and his candidacy. If you vote for him or not, that’s yours to keep. I want to give justice to the guy whom they accused of being what he is not. He may be unkind to others, but that I didn’t know. But for that one instance, I met a guy who changed the way I thought he was.

THAT’S THE BBM I KNEW. SIMPLE, KIND, HUMBLE, AND FULL OF WISDOM.

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Source: Jean Paul Generoso

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