MANILA, Philippines - A visibly irked Carlos Garcia scored media outlets for highlighting his son's expensive wardrobe items and implying that these were accumulated through illegal means.
The former military comptroller, who is accused of amassing millions of pesos in ill-gotten wealth while in active service, called these press people "unfair" at the resumption of the Senate's hearing on military corruption on Friday.
"Much has been written about my son, who is a stylist, a fashion designer. People have been writing about his lifestyle at idinudulot na ang kanyang suot ay galing sa nakaw, which is very unfair," he said.
Timothy Mark Garcia, together with his mom and 2 brothers, were named co-defendants for allegedly helping the former comptroller conceal unlawfully acquired assets.
Since his house arrest in the posh Trump Plaza at 502 Park Avenue in New York City in 2009, the fashion designer and publicist for Marc by Marc Jacobs (a diffusion line of American designer Marc Jacobs) has been the subject of blogs and articles both here and abroad.
The Daily Beast, for one, gave a detailed description of Tim's clothes and bling -- from his $1,000 large gold-plated spiked Hermes cuff called Collier de Chien and his half-dozen orange Hermes boxes to his Alexander McQueen jeans and stuffed YSL (Yves Saint Laurent) garment bags that hung from doors.
The youngest Garcia son even has a white mohair Gucci dog bed for his Yorkshire terrier named Cartier, the website added.
Limited fashion choices
Pictures of Timothy wearing his electronic monitoring house arrest ankle bracelet in parties have also circulated in different websites such as guestofaguest.com.
Garcia said he knew about these photos.
"But I'm not aware that he allowed himself to (have his picture) taken like that," the former comptroller said.
The bracelet with a box the size of a pack of cigarettes, which keeps track of offenders under house arrest, has limited Timothy's fashion choices, Peter Davies of The Daily Beast earlier wrote.
He quoted the designer and publicist as saying "I can't even wear my knee-high croc boots by Sergio Rossi for the fall...I had to make adjustments with my wardrobe."
Asked about the outfit he wore in jail, the couture fan said, "I will never wear a jumpsuit in my life. The thought of that jumpsuit just makes me cringe."
Photos from ANC, The Daily Beast and Guestofaguest.com