VM Joy Belmonte thanks dad Sonny for dose of ‘tough love’

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This politiko is a loving dad with a few words.

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte may not hear sweet and encouraging words from her father ex-Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, Jr., but it definitely built her character.

On Father’s Day, Joy recalled how friends and colleagues would tell her about how proud her dad is of her achievements, but said the story is quite different on her end. The older Belmonte was not one of gentle words, but he pushed Joy to be headstrong as she is now.

Joy recalled a phone call to her dad when she was despairing during her graduate classes in London, where she got a scolding rather than comfort.

“Pagpasok mo sa klase mo sa Lunes, tumingin ka sa harap. Tumingin ka sa kaliwa. Tumingin ka sa kanan. Tumingin ka sa likod. Kung sa palagay mo mas magagaling yang mga kaklase mong yan sa yo, umuwi ka nalang. Sinasayang mo lang ang panahon mo at ang pera ko,” she recalls her dad’s words on the phone.

Years later, she knows that her father simply wanted to push her to new heights and succeed. What a story!