‘Member for Manila’ George Christensen gets married to his Filipino fiance in a ceremony just days before his mother died from cancer
- Mr Christensen expected to marry his fiance, April Asuncion, 31, at a later date
- His mother, Margaret, had liver cancer and her condition continued to worsen
- The couple fast-tracked their wedding so his mother could see him tie the knot
- The next day, his mother asked to be hospitalised and she passed away
Nationals MP George Christensen has married his fiance just days before his mother died of cancer.
Mr Christensen, 41, married April Asuncion at a ceremony at his parents’ house near Mackay in Queensland.
The wedding was brought forward due to his mother Margaret’s illness – and she died just a day after the couple exchanged their vows.
The Nationals backbencher was expected to marry his Filipino fiance, April Asuncion, 31, at a later date but the couple moved the wedding forward to October 16 as his mother’s condition worsened (pictured: George Christensen and his wife, April)
About 40 friends and family attended the ceremony, the Courier-Mail reported.
The couple plan to have a service at a church in the Philippines in the future.
Mr Christensen said he was pleased both his parents could attend the wedding.
‘We pulled on it a bit earlier than expected, so that my mother… who passed away after a battle with liver cancer last week, could be with us at our wedding,’ he said.
‘My mother was a lion of a woman. She had disabilities such as epilepsy and cerebral palsy but nothing seemed to phase her.
‘At birth, doctors told her parents that she wouldn’t live beyond the age of three but she beat that prognosis by 61 years.’
Mr Christensen met his wife through mutual friends at the beginning of 2017 while he was on holidays in the Philippines.
The day after the wedding, his mother, Margaret, who was diagnosed with liver cancer, asked to be hospitalised and she passed away peacefully
The pair started dating and after 18 months, Mr Christenen proposed to her over the phone.
The politician has been criticised after a report in April revealed he had spent nearly 300 days in the Philippines over a four-year period.
An inquiry was launched by the AFP in late 2017 into Mr Christensen’s travel and cash transfers to the Philippines.
The inquiry found there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Mr Christensen.