n Philippine society, this
sort of relationship is tolerated.
It has been that way for centuries, where old Spanish friars seduced pretty
Filipina maidens barely in their teens. Carrying on affairs with girls under
eighteen seems to occur with such regularity
that Filipinos simply turn a blind eye to it—despite laws against it—and
accept it as part of “Filipino culture.”
It is also important to
point out here that the practice knows no socio-economic bounds. Males
belonging to the poorest of the poor, as well as Pinoy titans of commerce
and industry seem to find the time to entertain an underage lady friend on
Freddie Aguilar, who rose
to fame in the late seventies with his hit song “Anak” is now in his
sixties, while his girlfriend is only sixteen. In other
countries, Aguilar would quickly find himself behind bars. But in the
Philippines, where laws seem to be selectively applied, Aguilar may suffer
nothing worse than raised eyebrows and consternation from some sectors of
society—if even that.
Married male celebrities
also openly keep women outside their marriage. Even former president Joseph
Estrada openly flaunted his other women or “kabits” as they are
called in Pilipino, and lavished them with multi-million-peso mansions.
Aguilar who is now a legend in Filipino music is just the latest in a long
line of celebrities who have crossed the line into what other societies would
consider to be pedophilia. Whether our slowly evolving Filipino society will
begin to force a change remains to be seen.
Growing numbers of
foreigners appear to be marrying Filipinas, but the opposite is not the
case. Rarely if ever do you hear about a female from another country
marrying a Filipino. Is it because Filipino males really offer nothing
that mature, grown-up women look for? The fact that a large majority of Pinoy
males seem forever obsessed with underage girls tends to point to the fact
that most of them have never really grown up. A sure sign of immaturity that
in some way appears to have contributed to the current sorry state the
country is in.
Freddie takes teen bride
MAGUINDANAO,, Philippines – Restrained by law from having a minor for a
bride, 60-year-old singer Freddie Aguilar has turned to religion for succor
by marrying his 16-year-old girlfriend in Muslim rites. Aguilar, who adopted
the Muslim name Abdul Faried, yesterday wed Jovie Albao – now called Sittie
Mariam – in traditional Islamic wedding rites here organized by Maguindanao
Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu who stood as wali or guardian of Albao. In Islamic
tradition, Aguilar can marry Albao as long as there is permission from her
parents. Albao is turning 17 on Nov. 29.
LINK Posted 11/23/2013
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