Justice Camilo D. Quiason gone, at 89. I can imagine the “D” stands for Decency or Delicadeza. Companero y Caballero.
Also gone is Secretary Raul M. Gonzales. “M” for mapusok, matapang, ma-whatever. He was one of the few lawyers who openly resisted when martial law was proclaimed so we uhugins stepped up. I imagine I got to know Raul better when awesome Gerry Roxas invited him and me following the widespread cheating in the 1978 elections. In Bahay na Puti, Gerry’s manse in Cubao, we played ajedrez for hours while engaged in opposition and regime change talk, banter and persiflage.
Good there were lawyers who fought when most everyone chose to be prudent, including the leaders of my Church, the Most Numerous One. That was why we admired names like Claver, Labayen, Olaguer, Blanco, et al. Later Cardinal Sin, Bishop Quevedo, et al., in those abnormal times.
Today, government should perhaps be left to politicians and citizens; the clergy I would like to see focus on, or do more in, relief work for Yolanda victims, and matters spiritual, but not in telling us how to run the country. That is why, the constitutional principle separation of church and state. The ‘80’s relationship between Fr. Bob Drinan and Pope John Paul II may help edify and find one’s way.
Last time I met gutsy Raul was before Garci. He agreed to delete a decade ago negative NBI entries for subversion of one Ivan Enriquez, gutsy, principled, patriotic, who I assisted during the dark days. He was tortured. The NBI entries directed deleted had to do with his subversion case in Pasig, where MABINI defended him.
A negative entry I would make is Coach Chot’s Reyes blaming, if I understood him correctly, a national player in Spain, for a loss. It seems to me the world or the country could blame the player, but not the coach who fielded him. No player is perfect but for an honest unintended lapse, should the coach criticized him so openly? Teka, sino po ba ang nagpasok?
Anyway, “[t]oo old to go to jail,” Raul reportedly quipped about VP Tito Guingona. In Spain and Italy I understand one does not do jail time if 70. Ex-Premier Berlusconi is being made to do community service in Italy. So, the state should not be so strict with JPE, going on 91. But he should not be shown or pixed together with Gigi – how sweet – cuz Manang Cristina may want to be heard and vehemently object and demand unconstitutional isolation for her hubby. I cannot see Manong escaping, on the run as a fugitive. He’s unwell and so is GMA, who, in her time, issued a pro-prisoner circular kind to septuagenarians (MC No. 155 of Oct. 2007). Way to go. (GMA is 67. May conflict of interest ba ako? I just turned 75.)
Last weekend, I was in St. Luke’s Global to visit our brilliant Rizal Hi valedictorian, Eduardo Sanchez, 74, the youngest brother of the late Bobbit, former labor chief of Prez Cory. Eddie topped the board exams for chemical engineers and went to Caltech for his graduate studies.
With him at St. Luke’s was son Edward, who came home from the US. In January 1955, Ed and I played hookey with other bulakbuleros. In Quiapo, we saw the afternoon extras blaring that San Beda was Nos. 1 and 2 in the bar. Bobbit was in that Class of ‘54. Florenz Regalado’s holding the all-time record of 96.7% remains undisputed but an emailer said that Jose Luis Quintos was No. 1 in 1903, with 96.33%. Bobby had 95.95% which I thought was all-time for No. 2. Anyway, No. 3 in 1954 was Antonio Quintos, who became a Trustee of MABINI during the long tenure of Chair Bobbit, who had 92.% in the bar.
A first cuz of Eddie in our ‘55 high school class was Eugenio S. Suarez, No. 5 in the 1961 bar tests, living less than a hundred meters from Eddie, topped by our Aveling Cruz, ‘55 valedictorian of Pasig Catholic College. Edward, a Mensa (high IQ) member, recently bagged the grand prize in the first Philippine Search for Product Excellence in Info Technology.
Anyway, No. 2 in 1903 was Sergio Osmena, high IQ, and No. 4 was Manuel Luis Quezon (also high IQ, and Emotional Quotient kuno).