By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s wife, First Lady Louise "Liza" Araneta-Marcos will teach a law subject at the West Visayas State University-College of Law (WVSU-COL) in La Paz, Iloilo City.

Photo Courtesy WVSU/Politiko

WVSU President Dr. Joselito Villaruz confirmed that the First Lady will be an instructor for Criminal Law 1 in the 1st semester of Academic Year 2022-2023, which starts August 15, 2022.

"Yes, she will be teaching part time, one subject in the College of Law," said Villaruz in an interview with Panay News.

Villaruz furthered that Araneta-Marcos actually chose WVSU since her father is from Jaro, Iloilo City.

While he admittedly received negative reactions and comments on the First Lady’s inclusion in the faculty, Villaruz underscored that there was no special treatment in the latter’s application.

“(She) wasn’t given special attention or special consideration in her application. Her application passed through the usual process,” he said, adding that the First Lady was “more than qualified” to teach the subject because of her qualifications.

Mrs. Araneta-Marcos completed her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Ateneo and finished her law degree in the same university in 1985.

The First Lady has taught criminal law subjects at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Ilocos Norte. She stopped teaching in MMSU when remote and online learning was adopted as she finds it hard to teach in such modality.

She also taught in St. Louis University in Baguio, Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila, Northwestern University in Ilocos Norte, and Far Eastern University.

As an academic community, Villaruz reiterated that everybody is welcome to WVSU regardless of color, gender, and political affiliation or social beliefs.