Marcos' grandson passes Bar

by Ira Pedrasa,

Posted at Mar 18 2014 02:35 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2014 01:48 AM

Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos with Borgy Manotoc (left) and Ferdinand Richard Michael Manotoc (right)  Photo courtesy of Imee Marcos' Facebook account

'Mike' Manotoc tells Lola Imelda: Sorry, I didn't top the Bar like Lolo

MANILA (UPDATED) - A grandson of the late former President Ferdinand E. Marcos is one of 1,174 examinees who passed the 2013 Bar exams.

Ferdinand Richard Michael Manotoc, a son of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former basketball coach Tommy Manotoc, passed the Bar on his first try.

He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines.

Mr. Marcos himself was a lawyer and also a graduate of the UP College of Law.

In an interview with, the younger Manotoc said he was able to talk to his mother Imee and his “lola” - former First Lady Imelda Marcos - immediately after receiving news that he passed the Bar.

He said the former first Lady had gone to Church to pray for him. “I said sorry because I did not top the Bar, unlike Lolo. They said it doesn’t matter. I guess they’re very proud.”

In her Facebook page, Imee said: "Proud of my 4th generation UP Law son Atty. Michael Marcos Manotoc for passing the Bar Exam. Even if i didn't want him to be a lawyer, i am so happy he is one now!"

Manotoc denied he and the other fourth generation Marcoses are being groomed to follow the footsteps of the politicians in the family. However, he did not discount the possibility he may join public service in the future.

He is now part of the SyCip, Salazar, Hernandez & Gatmaitan Law office, together with the Bar exams second placer, Mark Xavier Oyales.

Mark Xavier Oyales with Mike Manotoc Both are now with SyCip, Salazar, Hernandez & Gatmaitan. Courtesy of Mr. TJ Manotoc.

Asked if he will help the Marcos family in the litigation of several cases, he said: “I don’t think I can since I’m an employee of SyCip and you can’t take on other clients.”

He said he wants to pursue for now a career in the private sector.


Manotoc is simply “Mike” to his family, according to his half-brother, ANC news anchor and sportscaster TJ Manotoc. TJ's mother is former Ms. International Aurora Pijuan.

TJ describes Mike as the most stubborn among his siblings, which is why they were not surprised that he went to law school. “We hardly saw him when he was studying, naka-baon sa books.”

He said Mike is truly Ilocano – kuripot (stingy) as shown by what happened today when the Bar exam results were released.

TJ said new hires in the law firm are “by tradition, presumed fired on the eve of the Bar results.” They can only come back if they pass the Bar.

Mike, however, still clocked in for work today. “Para hindi absent (at may sueldo), mga kuripot,” TJ said.

He said the entire family is “extremely happy that all his years and sacrifice have paid off."

Mike Manotoc is only one of many UP graduates who passed the Bar this year.

The 2013 Bar topnotcher, Nielson Pangan of UP, got a grade of

Four others from the state university placed in the top ten.