Joey Marquez on having 16 children: ‘Nobody could tell me I’m not a good father’

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BY ALEXA BASA

Joey Marquez has recently opened up about being a father to his 16 children and the things he would do to raise them.

In a one-on-one interview with showbiz reporter Ogie Diaz, Marquez said he would do everything for his children, who came from different mothers, but he would not ask anything in return from them.

“Hindi ko kayo pinag-aral para bayaran ‘yung mga ginawa ko, hindi,” he said, emphasizing that “hanggang sa mamatay ako, hindi ako hihingi ng tulong dahil hindi ko kayo pinanganak para maging investment ko.”

The 63-year-old actor-comedian said he might not be a “good husband, but nobody could tell me that I’m not a good father,” and taht he wanted to be present when his children needed him. He also admitted that they are his weaknesses.

He revealed that he also befriended his children’s mothers to make them happy.

“Gagawin ko lahat para maging masaya sila, pati mga nanay nila kinakaibigan ko lahat dahil alam ko kapag may nangyari sa nanay nila masasaktan sila,” he said.

“Ayokong magdamdam ‘yung anak ko at mamromblema siya sa magulang niya. Kasama na rito ‘yung paggalang ko sa mga nanay na hindi porket hiwalay na kayo, hindi na kayo magkasama, hindi ka na dapat nag-iisip para sa kanila,” he added.

He credited his mother, who raised him and his siblings alone, as his inspiration to be a good father and provider to his children.

“(I)n spite the fact na wala tatay ko nung lumaki ako, nung mag-aral ako, nung ipinanganak ako, kahit minsan hindi ko narinig na siniraan ng nanay ko ang tatay ko,” he said.

“Sabi niya sa akin, kahit ano man ang kasalanan ng tatay mo, tatay mo pa rin ‘yan,” he added.

Marquez added he is already prepared anytime something bad happens to him, giving each child a share.

“Alam mo kasi ako ‘yung hindi maluho na tao eh, hindi ako mahilig lumabas, hindi ako mahilig bumili ng kung anu-ano. Ang sakin kasi hangga’t maaari, ipon lang ako ng ipon, hindi para sa akin, para kahit papaano may maiwan ako sa mga anak ko,” he said.

“Kasi alam ko magiging magulang sila, ayokong mag-isip sila, mamroblema sila sa mga anak nila,” he added.

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