By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent
“I’m still alive, just old,” said the 87-year old former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos after she was erroneously reported to have died based on former actress now wife of former Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. and Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla’s Twitter post.
“I still go to Congress and I’m even early,” she said and proved it early when she went to Monday’s session in the House of Representatives.
“All I dream is the welfare for the country. I hope I am given the chance to help the country achieve it, to bring paradise for our countrymen. All the riches in the world are here,” she added.
The widow of former President Ferdinand Marcos laughed off the hoax and Mercado-Revilla’s tweets.
“Thank you, you confirmed the truth that I am still alive. I could still go to Congress and I’m even at the frontline,” Marcos told reporters when asked about her health, coughing at times.
Last May 7, Mercado-Revilla tweeted her condolences to the Marcos family for the supposed death of the family matriarch.
A post by Revilla-Mercado’s official account on Sunday 10:09 p.m. read: “Our condolences to the Marcos Family. It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with Cong. Imelda Romualdez Marcos.”
The next morning at 9:58 a.m., the account sent out another tweet taking back the earlier post: “I would like to apologize for my tweet which I have erased.”
“I received a news break message informing the public about Mrs. Marcos,” the post explained.
Mercado claimed: “My Twitter account was hacked.” She said she eventually took down her post and apologized for the faux pas.
Amy Manzo, a staff member of her brother-in-law, Cavite 2nd District Representative Strike Revilla, said it was not the Mayor who sent condolences to the Marcos family.
“Her account was hacked. We are investigating how it happened,” further stated Manzo.
“That probably means I got lucky because I can correct what was wrong,” said Marcos.
Marcos, who was then sporting a green terno, at first appeared confused when reporters approached her for comment about Mercado-Revilla’s tweet announcing her death.