Love, Sex, Law and Philippine Showbiz

Let me get one thing straight: I’m very much interested in Philippine politics every since I was a little child. I stay up for it, I analyze it, and I talk about it. I even write about it. Heck, when I first went on-line when I was eleven, the first website that I looked for was the ABS-CBN news website. But these months, my life took a 180-degree turn. I no longer care about politics. I’m sick and tired hearing the bullying of this administration. Now they even want to impeach the Chief Justice for no real reason at all. Before I go on and rant on how frustrated I am with this administration, let’s just talk about the next worst thing—the Philippine show business.

To start off, let us talk about the breakup of Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion. I find it amazing how much KC can say without revealing anything with her reveal-all interview with the newly crowned Asia’s King of Talk, Boy Abunda. She just cried there ranting on how she accepted Piolo for what he is. He even accepted the fact that he has lovechild with an unknown woman. But what really intrigued as again is Piolo Pascual’s sexual orientation. Their breakup sparked rumors again that Piolo is indeed a gay man. Ludicrously, ABS-CBN quickly released an article that Maricar Reyes may be the one who caused their breakup. Come on, just leave her alone. Wasn’t it enough that she suffered so much with that Hayden Kho sex video scandal? Let’s focus on the real issue here on whether or not Piolo Pascual is gay.

Then again, what if he’s really gay? Would that make him less of an actor? I don’t think that it would really be an issue. Actually, my professors in University of Santo Tomas, the school where Piolo entered into but didn’t graduate, told us that indeed he is a gay man. We were told that he is a drama club freak being a proud member of Teatro Tomasino and in there everyone knows he is gay. But in entering show business, he needed to toughen up and act as a man. Every woman and gay absolutely adored him on the big screen. And who wouldn’t? He appeared to be chiseled to perfection from the purest white marble. His features are wonderfully crafted that you couldn’t see a flaw on any of its form. He is tall, muscular, gorgeous and well, he knows how to sing. He could live in anybody’s fantasy. Surely you wouldn’t waste someone like him to just do gay roles that will not fit him at all.

But you cannot completely hide your true self. There are many sightings of him having delightful moments on the arms of other men, some of which are well known in showbiz. Probably some the news was true but others were just mere allegations which were accepted as gospel truth. Nonetheless, who are we to judge a person? To criticize one who seems like perfect on the eyes of public may seem to be fun but it is still not right.

Moral of the story: Just because he is drop-dead handsome does not mean that he is the man for you. Also, men, whether straight or not, will never change.

Speaking of which, let me move to another issue—DJ Mo Twister’s video. In his infamous video we could see him speaking in monologue about him and the hot, young star, Rhian Ramos and their baby who is about to be aborted at that time. He says that they are in Singapore’s Carlton Hotel and it was about July 2010 and at any time soon he’s going to accompany Rhian to an abortion clinic there and even showed the pregnancy test kit with two lines visible from it. He blamed her family, her management and the Philippine show business for influencing her to make the choice to abort their baby. Nevertheless, he said that he still love Rhian, that’s why he respects and supports her decision to get rid of the baby.

Everyone was definitely too shocked or surprised after seeing the video. Some people were asking me if abortion is a crime. DEFINITELY. There are several types of abortion crimes under the Revised Penal Code under Title 8 (Crimes Against Persons):

Art. 256. Intentional abortion. — Any person who shall intentionally cause an abortion shall suffer:

  1. The penalty of reclusion temporal, if he shall use any violence upon the person of the pregnant woman.
  2. The penalty of prision mayor if, without using violence, he shall act without the consent of the woman.
  3. The penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods, if the woman shall have consented.

Art. 257. Unintentional abortion. — The penalty of prision correccional in its minimum and medium period shall be imposed upon any person who shall cause an abortion by violence, but unintentionally.

Art. 258. Abortion practiced by the woman herself of by her parents. — The penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods shall be imposed upon a woman who shall practice abortion upon herself or shall consent that any other person should do so.
Any woman who shall commit this offense to conceal her dishonor, shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional in its minimum and medium periods.
If this crime be committed by the parents of the pregnant woman or either of them, and they act with the consent of said woman for the purpose of concealing her dishonor, the offenders shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods.

Art. 259. Abortion practiced by a physician or midwife and dispensing of abortives. — The penalties provided in Article 256 shall be imposed in its maximum period, respectively, upon any physician or midwife who, taking advantage of their scientific knowledge or skill, shall cause an abortion or assist in causing the same.
Any pharmacist who, without the proper prescription from a physician, shall dispense any abortive shall suffer arresto mayor and a fine not exceeding 1,000 pesos.

But why is no one filing a crime or at least investigating Rhian Ramos or her parents to find out of that abortion issue is true? Our crime laws are generally territorial. It means that our laws shall only apply on crimes made on the Philippine archipelago. There are several exceptions under Section 2 of the Revised Penal Code; however abortion is not one of them. In Singapore, abortion is legal up to 24 weeks. According to DJ Mo’s twitter account, Rhian was 3 months pregnant when they had the abortion. Thus, she and her parents did not commit any crime. So, yeah.

Anyway, going back to the real issue, I believe that it was really DJ Mo who uploaded the video. His allegation that he just sold his computer with the file in it is unbelievable. He is known for being a techie. He would not have done something stupid like sell his computer like that without even reformatting it. Second, see the timing. The video went viral the day before he set foot to America. Of course, if I had the file, I would have uploaded it way ahead of time to make sure it had enough time to impugn the reputation of Mo and to make things interesting like Rhian Ramos filing a case to him and Mo of course would file for counterclaim. But with the timing like that, only Rhian would lose everything while Mo would find himself free on the other side of the globe. Third, he has all the motive and intent to do that. Remember how many ridiculed him when he posted very emotional tweets about their breakup? He obviously wants the best revenge story which is more dramatic, more intense and more destructive than the movies Kill Bill or Oldboy or Katya Santos’ Keka. Yes, ikaw na talaga Mo!

Blame Game Over: What now?

But then again, those are my theories. Those won’t really weigh much it court. Heh.

But does Rhian have any remedy? According to her camp, yes—under the infamous (to the point na gasgas na) Republic Act 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act. Under that said act, a woman could file a case against a man for economic and psychological abuse. Well, indeed she suffered those things. However, to prove without reasonable doubt that Mo is behind this is another story. Another problem would be summoning him back to the Philippines to answer for the charges. Even with extradition treaty with the United States, it would be very tricky to bring him back here.

I extremely pity Rhian Ramos. She is young, beautiful and talented but the spread of her alleged crime made her ugly and fatigued. Assuming the abortion issue is real then the sin of not facing your true responsibility as a parent made you ugly and fatigued at age twenty. I do not know whether she could stand up once again after this issue as GMA Network made her rest and all her projects went straight to Carla Abellana whose acting skills improved. One winner of this issue is Andi Eigenmann who just gave birth to a daughter last November 23. On-line, I saw a lot of people who were against her initially suddenly praise her for facing responsibility for keeping her child even though she’ll have to be a single mother and even though like Rhian, she’s on the peak of her young career.

But who are we to judge them? Who are we to speak ill against any of them? They are humans, too. They err. They sin. They have emotions. Just like every one of us even they are part of our show business. They need respect and understanding more than ever. We, spectators, are not saints to quickly said things about them and judge them over the top.

I’ll end this blog entry with a much neglected crime under the Revised Penal Code:

Art. 364. Intriguing against honor. The penalty of arresto menor or fine not exceeding 200 pesos shall be imposed for any intrigue which has for its principal purpose to blemish the honor or reputation of a person.

It’s easy to talk harshly, judge without basis and criticize a person’s dignity without any guilt especially if they are part of the show business. But such act is a crime under the Revised Penal Code. You are obviously intriguing another against his honor by passing hurtful things about them. If this law is imposed strictly then I believe that almost all Filipinos would deserve a life sentence in jail. Some may even deserve two life sentences. Remember:  Before you judge, listen. Before you listen, see. That’s why we have two eyes and two ears, cause there are always two sides of every story.

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