Belmonte daughter asks pa to remarry

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Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City won’t object if her widower father, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., decides to remarry but on one condition: that her future stepmother won’t be a 16-year-old.
Vice Mayor Belmonte made the disclosure in the sidelines of the launch of Kabuhayan 2013 National Livelihood Trade Fair held in Congress on Wednesday—an initiative by the Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc. (CSFI), which seeks to be of aid to small and medium enterprises across the country.

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“Okay lang [mag-asawa] basta hindi 16 years old [I am okay with him remarrying, as long as the woman he will marry is not 16 years old],” Vice Mayor Belmonte, who represents her father in the CSFI and the CSFI President, said with a laugh.

The Vice Mayor was alluding to the romance between the 60-year-old international hitmaker Freddie Aguilar who recently admitted that he is in a relationship with a 16-year-old teenager—a revelation that was met with thunderous opposition from the public and even government officials because Philippine laws deem seducing a minor as a crime.

“Sinabi ko nga sa kanya, Dad, masyado na akong busy sa City Council. Mag-asawa ka na para iba na ang maging Pangulo ng Congressional Spouses. Pero wala pa siyang pinapakilalang girlfriend. Ayaw niya mag-asawa [ulit][I told him, Dad, I am getting too busy with my job in the City Council. You can get married so that I can relinquish the post of being the President of the Congressional spouses]. But he hasn’t introduced me to a girlfriend. He doesn’t want to get married [again],” Vice Mayor Belmonte added.

The late wife of the 77-year-old Speaker Belmonte is Betty Go-Belmonte, the founder of the national daily Philippine Star.

The CSFI, a non-government organization, is composed of the spouses of the House members. Those unmarried House members are represented in the CSFI by their immediate family members namely their mothers, fathers and children.

Llanesca T. Panti

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