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BY RENE SAGUISAG: MARTIAL LAW ANNIVERSARY, 9/21 MARKED: WHAT FOR?


SEPTEMBER 21 -RENE SAGUISAG - To me, there is nothing to mark on September 21. Yet, I will accommodate more than one request to talk about an alleged anniversary of when martial law was inflicted. To me, September 21, 1972 was just another day in the office. I was in the law office or out late afternoon, and early evening, at San Beda law school (which I was virtually running as my boss, in the bufete and law school, Dean Ledesma, was busy as a Con-Con Delegate). I monitored by radio a rally in Plaza Miranda, where Ka Pepe Diokno, Charito Planas, Bal Pinguel, et al. were to speak. Monitored, as head of the San Beda Free Legal Aid Clinic, which I headed. (I was unknown, a household word only in my own household, but when I wrote to the Palace about an activist, a certain Ronnie Zamora called back to ask what he could do to help; this was in 1971.) September 22, 1972, again, ho-hum, save that on my way home from San Beda, on top of Ayala Bridge, the radio in the VW I was driving, reported an alleged ambuscade with JPE as target, which he said tearfully, poignantly, apologetically, on national radio-TV on February 22, 1986 was fake, but wrote in his Memoirs as true. Ano po ba talaga, Manong? What he said in 1986 had the ring of a deathbed confession as Malacañang could have had him barbecued then. But the People rescued him, and his fellow trapped putschists, hence, People Power. Then Sandejas, Pasay—from Ayala Bridge—where my Dulce and I rented a duplex from Jess and Charito Elicano. A month earlier, Dulce, Raul and Sonia Roco, and I were in Camp Aguinaldo, to assist stude leaders arrested by the military. Supportive uncomplaining Dulce was eight months preggy and panganay Rebo was born on October 20, 1972. Born a slave, he got my solemn vow he would not remain so, even were I to die in the effort. Liberation came in 1986. READ MORE...

ALSO by Fr. RANHILIO AQUINO: HENERAL LUNA, No villains, only heroes


SEPTEMBER 22 -I have not yet watched Heneral Luna. I intend to do so soon. It comes highly commended and has thus far received rave reviews. There are rumors about the Oscars. And there is revived interest in General Antonio Luna -- of whom not very much was known by most, except that he and his brother, Juan Luna, a painter, were brothers and both, acclaimed as heroes.
Quite unfortunately, the enthusiasm for Heneral Luna has translated into disdain for General Emilio Aguinaldo, president of the First Philippine Republic. It was the same thing when attention was on Andres Bonifacio. Both are considered "victims" of Emilio Aguinaldo's despotism. And so it is that one hero enjoys an apotheosis, another suffers a serious diminution in esteem and regard. I am not using terms loosely. "Hero" correctly refers to Aguinaldo as it does to Bonifacio, Rizal, Mabini, Paterno, Sakay, etc. We were taught that in our elementary grades, and it remains sound civics and good history till this day. The period following the end of the Spanish regime, the declaration of Philippine Independence and the Filipino-American War was a very confusing period. Sadly, our heroes were locked in power struggles, many times, with deadly consequences for some. READ MORE...

ALSO LEGAL ADVICE: Can Lola Nidora lawfully restrict Yaya Dub’s lovelife?


SEPTEMBER 19 -Friday night, over brandy, vodka, and moscato, two macho men who are unabashed AlDub fans asked me: As a family law practitioner, what do you think is the extent of Lola Nidora’s authority over Yaya Dub? Can Lola Nidora rightfully control Yaya Dub’s lovelife?
I confessed myself ignorant of the dynamics in Lola Nidora and Yaya Dub’s relationship, so the drinking buddies, whom we will call by their real names upon their own insistence: Donald Singzon and Edward Campos, patiently narrated the whole story to me starting from day 1. At some point, they both reflected with deep veneration on the significance of July 16, 2015, the day AlDub first came to be. I listened with mystified amusement as Donald and Edward excitedly recounted the events that occurred on AlDub’s second “monthsary” last September 16. Apparently, it was thrilling enough in a Sweet Valley High kind of way as to make some guys check if they still had their male appendages firmly attached after having shrieked with unrestrained delight at that day’s romantic highlights in the popular Kalyeserye. As the night wore on and the brandy and vodka-soused duo of Donald and Edward continued to indulge with their libation, they traded excited speculations about what might happen the next day at the scheduled first date of AlDub. Then, they grew concerned about Yaya Dub’s personal safety and legal rights.
They debated whether Duhrizz could properly be charged with kidnapping for her scuttled abduction and detention of AlDub even though no ransom was demanded. As one of these guys is a lawyer himself, I can only surmise the alcohol cooked half his brain that night and rendered him temporarily incapable of recalling his Criminal Law. READ MORE ABOUT Yaya Dub’s legal rights vis-a-vis Lola Nidora...

ALSO ARNOLD CLAVIO: Isang pagpapasalamat sa AlDub Nation


SEPTEMBER 26 -Habang sinusulat ko ang kolum na ito, umabot na sa 21 million ang tweet para sa #ALDubEBforLove.
Maraming salamat sa lahat ng tagahanga ng pinakasikat na love team sa tanghalian na sina Alden Richards at Maine Mendoza aka YayaDub. Bata, matanda, ay tutok na tutok sa modernong Romeo at Juliet. Sa tagal ko na sa industriyang ito, ngayon lang ako nakakita ng segment sa isang programa na inabangan, tinangkilik at minahal, ang Kalyeserye. Pilit na hinahatak ng publiko ang nakikitang aliw na maging makatotohanan. Dagdag siyempre dito ang mga binibitawang pangaral ni Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola) para sa dalawang nagmamahalan (aktingan lang ito, wow!) Pero bakit nga ba ganito ang naging reaksyon ng manonood sa ALDUB, hindi lang sa Pilipinas kundi sa buong mundo? Simple lang, simple silang magpakilig. Natural at mararamdaman ang tunay na saloobin ng mga karakter. Lahat ng nakatutok ay apektado sa napapanood nila sa telebisyon. Hindi lang ang publiko, maging ang mga host ng Eat Bulaga ay nakikikilig din. Nawawala ang kanilang pagiging 'personality' at nagiging tao rin sa mata ng marami. READ MORE...

ALSO: A Filipino’s ‘tsinelas painting’ of Pacquiao among finalists in Ripley’s art contest


SEPTEMBER 25 -Credit: Ripley's A Filipino artist's painting of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao was named one of the top 25 entries in The Ripley exhibit collection's #RipCycle, an art contest focused on works made from recycled materials. Titled "Boxer Slipper Painting - Colored," the painting by La Union-based Alger Guevarra used old slippers ground to dust for use as pigments for the canvas-based work. Guevarra's friends even linked the painting to Pacquiao's Facebook page in hopes of boosting its rank in Ripley's contest. Netizens can vote for the "slipper painting" on the #RipCycle page. The lucky contestant may win up to $2,000 and a feature in the Ripley's book and cartoon. Prior to his entry to the contest, Guevarra was a resident artist in the Cavite-based gallery Espasyo by sound artist Lirio Salvador until its closure. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News THIS IS THE FULL REPORT


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Martial Law Anniversary- 9/21 Marked: What for?


By RENE SAGUISAG

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 (GMA NEWS NETWORK) September 21, 2015 8:17am By RENE SAGUISAG - To me, there is nothing to mark on September 21.

Yet, I will accommodate more than one request to talk about an alleged anniversary of when martial law was inflicted.

To me, September 21, 1972 was just another day in the office. I was in the law office or out late afternoon, and early evening, at San Beda law school (which I was virtually running as my boss, in the bufete and law school, Dean Ledesma, was busy as a Con-Con Delegate).

I monitored by radio a rally in Plaza Miranda, where Ka Pepe Diokno, Charito Planas, Bal Pinguel, et al. were to speak. Monitored, as head of the San Beda Free Legal Aid Clinic, which I headed. (I was unknown, a household word only in my own household, but when I wrote to the Palace about an activist, a certain Ronnie Zamora called back to ask what he could do to help; this was in 1971.)

September 22, 1972, again, ho-hum, save that on my way home from San Beda, on top of Ayala Bridge, the radio in the VW I was driving, reported an alleged ambuscade with JPE as target, which he said tearfully, poignantly, apologetically, on national radio-TV on February 22, 1986 was fake, but wrote in his Memoirs as true. Ano po ba talaga, Manong?

What he said in 1986 had the ring of a deathbed confession as Malacañang could have had him barbecued then. But the People rescued him, and his fellow trapped putschists, hence, People Power.

Then Sandejas, Pasay—from Ayala Bridge—where my Dulce and I rented a duplex from Jess and Charito Elicano. A month earlier, Dulce, Raul and Sonia Roco, and I were in Camp Aguinaldo, to assist stude leaders arrested by the military. Supportive uncomplaining Dulce was eight months preggy and panganay Rebo was born on October 20, 1972. Born a slave, he got my solemn vow he would not remain so, even were I to die in the effort. Liberation came in 1986.

READ MORE...

Macoy was fond of numerology, and picked September 21, a multiple of fave 7 and many of us fell for another Macoy fable.

One reason I woke up early today is to be on TV, the start of a long day to talk about September 21. There are other invites on the same subject kung paano ang walang habag na batas militar. I will try to help correct an annual revisionist blunder.

Macoy testified in Hawaii under oath after he was kicked out by People Power, that he was born 1916. His people up north just marked his supposed 98th birth anniversary. I have asked my studes to get a copy of the birth certificate to pin down what year the criminal genius was born. Government may ask what for and I said just to say on the request of their weird, even insane law teacher. We have a human and constitutional right to know the birth of a public (dis)figure.

In the early 80's, pre-Ninoy's salavaging, I came across a remark attributed to a high American official characterizing us "a nation of 40,000,000 cowards and one son of a bitch."

Half-true and I would add, "and one bitch."

Rene Saguisag is a former senator who authored the Code of Ethics for Government Officials and Employees. - See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/537676/opinion/9-21-marked-what-for#sthash.KGHTSQz2.dpuf


HENERAL LUNA: No villains, only heroes September 22, 2015 10:35pm Tags: heneralluna By Fr. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO


By Fr. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO

I have not yet watched Heneral Luna. I intend to do so soon. It comes highly commended and has thus far received rave reviews. There are rumors about the Oscars. And there is revived interest in General Antonio Luna -- of whom not very much was known by most, except that he and his brother, Juan Luna, a painter, were brothers and both, acclaimed as heroes.

Quite unfortunately, the enthusiasm for Heneral Luna has translated into disdain for General Emilio Aguinaldo, president of the First Philippine Republic. It was the same thing when attention was on Andres Bonifacio. Both are considered "victims" of Emilio Aguinaldo's despotism. And so it is that one hero enjoys an apotheosis, another suffers a serious diminution in esteem and regard.

I am not using terms loosely. "Hero" correctly refers to Aguinaldo as it does to Bonifacio, Rizal, Mabini, Paterno, Sakay, etc. We were taught that in our elementary grades, and it remains sound civics and good history till this day.

The period following the end of the Spanish regime, the declaration of Philippine Independence and the Filipino-American War was a very confusing period.

Sadly, our heroes were locked in power struggles, many times, with deadly consequences for some.

READ MORE...

In that period of confusion, there were different views about what was best for the country, and these were held with ardor and zeal. Amid volatile circumstances, it was not too difficult to magnify differences and then to cringe in fright at them as threats.

None is less a hero. What made them heroes is not necessarily that they died. Rather it was because they ardently held to their beliefs about what was good for the country at that time -- whether it was independence or strategic collaboration with the Americans. I have no doubt that all of them thought his position to be most promising for the country, and because perspectives and views did not always coincide, results were not always pleasant.

I will watch Heneral Luna when I get the chance to, but I know, from reading history and from an understanding of the life-world as well as of ideologies that we will sometimes differ about views to which we are passionately devoted and which we will zealously champion -- and will not be any less noble because of our differences!

Fr. Ranhilio Aquino is the dean of the San Beda Graduate School of Law.


LEGAL ADVICE: Can Lola Nidora lawfully restrict Yaya Dub’s lovelife? September 19, 2015 10:51pm Tags: aldub By Atty. REEZA SINGZON

Friday night, over brandy, vodka, and moscato, two macho men who are unabashed AlDub fans asked me: As a family law practitioner, what do you think is the extent of Lola Nidora’s authority over Yaya Dub? Can Lola Nidora rightfully control Yaya Dub’s lovelife?

I confessed myself ignorant of the dynamics in Lola Nidora and Yaya Dub’s relationship, so the drinking buddies, whom we will call by their real names upon their own insistence: Donald Singzon and Edward Campos, patiently narrated the whole story to me starting from day 1.

At some point, they both reflected with deep veneration on the significance of July 16, 2015, the day AlDub first came to be.

I listened with mystified amusement as Donald and Edward excitedly recounted the events that occurred on AlDub’s second “monthsary” last September 16.

Apparently, it was thrilling enough in a Sweet Valley High kind of way as to make some guys check if they still had their male appendages firmly attached after having shrieked with unrestrained delight at that day’s romantic highlights in the popular Kalyeserye.

As the night wore on and the brandy and vodka-soused duo of Donald and Edward continued to indulge with their libation, they traded excited speculations about what might happen the next day at the scheduled first date of AlDub.

Then, they grew concerned about Yaya Dub’s personal safety and legal rights.

They debated whether Duhrizz could properly be charged with kidnapping for her scuttled abduction and detention of AlDub even though no ransom was demanded. As one of these guys is a lawyer himself, I can only surmise the alcohol cooked half his brain that night and rendered him temporarily incapable of recalling his Criminal Law.

READ MORE...

So there I sat serenely enjoying my moscato improperly mixed with orange juice, my grey matter completely unimpaired by hard liquor, thoroughly amused that these mid-lifer dads, one of whom is ready to swear allegiance to Rody Duterte as his next president, are such diehard followers of the current undisputed loveteam ng bayan.

Obviously tickled pink and hugely entertained by each new development in the phenomenally popular Kalyeserye with an ensemble cast of comedic geniuses, Donald and Edward gleefully told me they would sometimes even text each other just to ask for AlDub updates if one of them was unable to watch the day’s events.

Very well then, for Donald’s and Edward’s peace of (inebriated) mind, here are Yaya Dub’s legal rights vis-a-vis Lola Nidora:

As Yaya Dub is already 20 years old, she is an emancipated adult and is no longer subject to parental or substitute parental authority.

Thus, Lola Nidora, even as ostensible substitute parent in the absence of Yaya Dub’s father and mother, may no longer forcibly impose her authority on the girl and thus, cannot lawfully restrict her lovelife.

However, since Yaya Dub appears to be living with Lola Nidora and presumably benefits from the latter’s largesse in terms of housing, food, clothing, etc., Yaya Dub is expected to respect the older woman and obey her reasonable instructions and advice. This is in keeping with the Filipino custom and tradition of holding our elders in high regard, especially those with whom we are related.

In turn, under the same customary practice, Lola Nidora is expected to support, educate, and instruct Yaya Dub, give her love and affection, and offer her good advice and moral guidance.

Other than forcing Yaya Dub to marry Frankie Arenolli for money (which mercifully did not push through), Lola Nidora, with the able support of her sisters, Tidora and Tinidora, seems to be doing her best in providing guidance for Yaya Dub. If the heart-stopping events at AlDub’s first date in the Saturday, September 19 episode are any indication, Lola Nidora appears to have slightly softened her previously rigid stand on the match.

So now we come to Duhrizz. Can she be held liable for kidnapping even if no ransom was demanded? Yes, she can. A demand for ransom is not necessary to successfully prove a kidnapping charge. But if the purpose of the kidnapping or detention is the extortion of ransom, it raises the penalty for the crime.

This is the extent for now of our legal counselling concerning Yaya Dub because we can’t tell for certain which way her saga will turn next. I made sure to watch the much-awaited AlDub first date, my first time to watch an entire episode of the popular Kalyeserye, in order to get a feel of this incredible multi-platform phenomenon that everyone is thrilling about. What I saw was highly engaging and thoroughly entertaining; the gripping story plays out seamlessly, and the shocking twist at the end of the pair’s lunch date with that horrifying scream and the sound of a car crash must have blindsided even the hardest of hearts. Even the rock-hard biceps and triceps on Donald’s gym-sculpted arms must have turned to jelly at this suspenseful turn of events in the highly-anticipated AlDub story.

Personally, however, I wouldn’t worry too much about it; AlDub is too good to end this way. Something deliriously delightful must still be in store for this gorgeous pair of lovebirds.

On a final note, if you’re wondering why two red-blooded, middle-aged Filipino males such as Donald and Edward risk social judgment and possible loss of macho points by openly declaring their allegiance to AlDub, I think one could say these guys have inadvertently discovered one sure path to happiness (besides liquor): Whatever is wholesome that gives you joy, do that daily, regardless of what others say.

Atty. Reeza Singzon is a trial lawyer specializing in family law and civil law. For questions or comments, she may be reached at reeza.singzon@gmail.com .


ARNOLD CLAVIO: Isang pagpapasalamat sa AlDub Nation September 26, 2015 10:33pm Tags: aldub, arnoldclavio

Habang sinusulat ko ang kolum na ito, umabot na sa 21 million ang tweet para sa #ALDubEBforLove.

Maraming salamat sa lahat ng tagahanga ng pinakasikat na love team sa tanghalian na sina Alden Richards at Maine Mendoza aka YayaDub. Bata, matanda, ay tutok na tutok sa modernong Romeo at Juliet.

Sa tagal ko na sa industriyang ito, ngayon lang ako nakakita ng segment sa isang programa na inabangan, tinangkilik at minahal, ang Kalyeserye. Pilit na hinahatak ng publiko ang nakikitang aliw na maging makatotohanan.

Dagdag siyempre dito ang mga binibitawang pangaral ni Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola) para sa dalawang nagmamahalan (aktingan lang ito, wow!)

Pero bakit nga ba ganito ang naging reaksyon ng manonood sa ALDUB, hindi lang sa Pilipinas kundi sa buong mundo?

Simple lang, simple silang magpakilig. Natural at mararamdaman ang tunay na saloobin ng mga karakter. Lahat ng nakatutok ay apektado sa napapanood nila sa telebisyon. Hindi lang ang publiko, maging ang mga host ng Eat Bulaga ay nakikikilig din. Nawawala ang kanilang pagiging 'personality' at nagiging tao rin sa mata ng marami.

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Bawat eksena ay makapigil hininga. Sa pagtunog ng alarma at pagtigil sa pagkilos ng mga pangunahing karakter, lahat tayo ay tila nasa dulo ng bangin. Tinutukso natin ang ating mga sarili na lumundag dahil alam natin na hindi naman tayo mapapahamak kinabukasan.

Iisa lang naman ang aral ng Kalyeserye, kung papaano magsakripisyo para sa taong minamahal. Muling namulat ang marami na sa ngalan ng pag-ibig laging huli ang sarili. Hindi kailangang manloko o manlamang. Maging totoo lamang sa sarili para sa isang tinatangi, madaling matupad ang bawat pangarap.

Hanggang kailan ang itatagal ng interes ng publiko sa KALYESERYE? Ang publiko rin ang magdedesisyon. Hindi ang Tape, Inc, ang producer ng Eat Bulaga. Hindi ang GMANETWORK, Inc. ang host network. Hindi ang trio na sina Tito, Vic at Joey kasama ang mga DABARKADS.

Tunay na ang mga Pilipino ay sobrang mapagmahal sa pag-ibig. Lilikha sila ng isang kuwento na halaw sa kanilang imahinasyon na layong umangat ang kanilang nararamdaman. At sa loob ng kuwentong iyon magbubunga ang pag-asa na balang araw sila ay matatagpuan nila ang sarili nilang Prince Charming.

Nang makita ko ang anak-anakan kong si Alden na umiyak habang inaawit ang 'God Give Me You', aaminin ko na nangilid din ang luha sa aking mga mata. Nagtanong ako sa aking sarili kung bakit.

Minsan, sa tagal at dami ng mga pagsubok na dumatal sa ating mga buhay, naging matigas na ang ating mga puso.

Dahil sa angking kahambugan, nalilinlang nito ang sarili na huwag ipakita sa iba ang kahinaan. Pero tanging ang nararamdamang pag-ibig lamang ang makakapagpalambot dito.

Sa mga sandaling nagiging saksi tayo sa ipinapakitang ligawan nina Alden at Yaya Dub, natutunaw ang palalong bahagi ng ating pagkatao at tayong lahat ay nagiging mapagkumbaba.

Salamat sa AlDub Nation, muli kong nakita ang pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa positibong paraan. Pinatunayan muli natin sa buong mundo na ang lahi natin ay punung-puno ng romansa.

ALDUB YOU!

Lord, Kayo na po ang bahala!

This column will also appear in Arnold Clavio's column on Abante on Sunday, September 27.


A Filipino’s ‘tsinelas painting’ of Pacquiao among finalists in Ripley’s art contest September 25, 2015 2:24pm Tags: ripcycle, pinoyartist


Credit: Ripley's

A Filipino artist's painting of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao was named one of the top 25 entries in The Ripley exhibit collection's #RipCycle, an art contest focused on works made from recycled materials.

Titled "Boxer Slipper Painting - Colored," the painting by La Union-based Alger Guevarra used old slippers ground to dust for use as pigments for the canvas-based work.

Guevarra's friends even linked the painting to Pacquiao's Facebook page in hopes of boosting its rank in Ripley's contest.

Netizens can vote for the "slipper painting" on the #RipCycle page. The lucky contestant may win up to $2,000 and a feature in the Ripley's book and cartoon.

Prior to his entry to the contest, Guevarra was a resident artist in the Cavite-based gallery Espasyo by sound artist Lirio Salvador until its closure. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News


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