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Celebrities, netizens criticize Cong. Claudine Bautista’s lavish wedding amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Bautista is the vice-chair of the Transportation Committee of the Congress and is the assistant majority leader of the Rules Committee.

Celebrities such as Agot Isidro, Enchong Dee, Ogie Diaz, and Pokwang shared the sentiments of netizens after the lavish wedding of Congresswoman Claudine Diana Bautista was made public.

Bautista is the representative of party-list Drivers United for mass Progress and Equal Rights (DUMPER). After her civil wedding in February, she and her husband Jose French Lim decided to have a ceremony at the Balesin Island Resort in Polilio, Quezon this August.

Netizens immediately noticed Bautista’s lavish gown, created by international Filipino fashion designer Michael Cinco

Celebrity event stylist Gideon Hermosa was also the one who arranged the wedding venue.

People have described the congresswoman as “insensitive” as she held a grand wedding despite the number of drivers having a hard time because of the pandemic.

In her tweet, Agot Isidro stated that Bautista’s gown alone could probably feed the families of displaced drivers.

In a now-deleted tweet, Enchong Dee also questioned the expenses regarding the wedding. He claimed that the money [supposedly] for commuters and drivers went to the wedding of the congresswoman.

“The money for commuters and drivers went to her wedding. Let’s not prolong this conversation and don’t say otherwise,” he wrote.

Ogie Diaz agreed to a netizen who said that it’s inappropriate for Bautista to flaunt her lavish wedding amid a pandemic.

He then asked her about her accomplishments during these trying times.

Pokwang sarcastically commented on Bautista’s expensive gown while mimicking the sounds of cars honking.

A netizen then described the congresswoman as a “nouveau oligarch.”

She asked how politicians [like Bautista] try to accumulate any wealth they can while they’re still in power.

Since the wedding venue was in Quezon, the public asked how she and her entourage managed to cross borders despite the strict lockdowns in the country.

A netizen called out the celebrities and tried to justify Bautista’s wedding by comparing it to Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera’s ceremony seven years ago.

Someone also criticized the congresswoman’s looks.

Bautista is the vice-chair of the Transportation Committee of the Congress and is the assistant majority leader of the Rules Committee.


In 2020, drivers who got forced to go off-road made headlines as they resorted to begging people for money to support their families.

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