But he has more to face than the issues besieging the institution. Since his appointment as spokesperson and acting chief of the SC Public Information Office during Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s term, Marquez has also been the subject of criticism. He is sometimes criticized for his explanation and interpretation of the High Court’s final interpretation of the law.
And just recently, a video showing Marquez reacting comically and effeminately when a microphone fell off from the SC podium has become viral over the Internet and other social media sites.
In his rare TV appearance away from the Supreme Court podium, Marquez opens up his professional and personal life to TV5’s senior correspondents Jove Francisco, Maricel Halili, and Ina Zara.
How does he react to the attention and misconception being accorded to him by the media and the general public? TV5’s Anggulo creates a platform for the SC spokesperson to be known beyond work. He is a basketball addict and still finds time to play when not at work. Since his law school days in Ateneo, he got hooked on the art of bonsai. A current member of the Philippine Bonsai Society, Marquez has also joined exhibits and maintains a collection of about 500 bonsai plants.
Catch the episode this Wednesday (December 14), 10pm before Aksyon Journalismo on TV5. It also airs earlier at 7:30pm over Aksyon TV (Channel 41 in Mega Manila, Channel 29 in Metro Cebu and Davao, Channel 1 on Cignal Digital TV and Channel 59 on Sky Cable).