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In defense of the composer of ‘Anak’

09:40 PM November 21, 2013

This is in defense of Freddie Aguilar. According to letter sender Carnell Valdez, Aguilar is indictable for child abuse (Letters, 11/5/13) and that a lawyer has filed a complaint against Aguilar for the crime of qualified seduction for his affair with a 16-year-old.

Aguilar has been vilified in media by all kinds of people, especially lawyers. It shows again what is wrong with our judicial system: Many lawyers have no common sense and, therefore, no conscience either. I wish that Valdez and Fernando Perito had watched “Headstart,” an ANC morning show of Karen Davila who some time ago interviewed Aguilar.

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(Davila is my favorite TV personality because she interviews people with consummate skill and is able to project a true and sincere image of the person interviewed.)

In that show it was very clear that Aguilar is a true artist and by far not a child abuser or a

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pedophile or whatever our judicial system can define as a criminal. It showed Aguilar as a sincere human being who “fell in love” with a young woman he didn’t know, at the time their special relationship began, was a minor. Now that he knows, he is ready to wait until the girl is 18 years old and capable of contracting marriage.

Again, in no way is Aguilar a distorted personality as Church authorities have suggested because he is a divorcee from a former marriage. I hope and pray that the couple will remain a happy couple. Mabuhay si Freddie and his girlfriend!

—ARNOLD VAN VUGT,

Cagayan de Oro City,

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