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    KUYA GERMS (1993-2016) TULOG NA ANG PAYASO

    KUYA GERMS (1933-2016): “I STARTED ON THE STAGE. I WILL DIE ON THE STAGE”

    WORDS BY JAMES GABRILLO PHOTOS BY STEVE TIRONA

    The late German “Kuya Germs” Moreno was The Godfather of Philippine Showbiz, yet the breadth and depth of his influence had been continuously sold short. In this exclusive interview with the Master Showman in 2011, Rogue turned the spotlight back to its rightful owner

    Kuya Germs is in pain.

    His back is killing him. He’s sitting in the audience area of Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman, his weekly late-night television program. An assistant massages his back.

    In the next half hour, as he waits for taping to begin, no less than a dozen people approach him, seeking his help, approval, enlightenment. “Kuya Germs, parating na raw si Tita Pilita. Anong gagawin namin?” “Kuya Germs, ano raw ang set-up ng stage sa first gap?” “Kuya Germs, pahingi ng pera pambili ng battery.” (To which Kuya Germs replies, with a straight face: “Magkano ba kailangan mo? Okay na ba ang isang milyon?”)

    Kuya Germs, 68, takes it all in stride—after all, this pioneering, problem-solving, path-finding ringmaster role is one that he’s played for close to half a century.

    In the 60s, German Moreno got a gig at Manila’s Clover Theater as a janitor and telonero (curtain raiser). He worked so hard and so late into the night that he sometimes slept on the stage. One day, a theater director was casting the role of Jesus Christ for an upcoming production. The director spotted Moreno, who describes himself then as “mestizo, long haired, payatot . . . yung lumalabas na ang mga buto”—in other words, Jesus-y. Opportunities opened up. He acted as a comedian of the bodabil stage and the post-war screen. In the late 70s, Moreno’s biggest break came when he hosted GMA Supershow, the network’s Sunday noontime variety program that lasted for two decades.

    Then, in 1986, That’s Entertainment happened. “Kuya Germs” was born.

    The youth-oriented talent show ushered in a new era of Philippine showbiz, catapulting the careers of over 200 kids, some of whom went on to become the country’s biggest celebrities.

    In That’s, the teenagers were divided into five groups: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Every Saturday, all of them competed against each other, performing their group production numbers.

    “My god, kung iisipin mo, ako ang nagsimula ng reality TV,” Kuya Germs says. “Yung mga ginagawa nila sa American Idol, Pilipinas Got Talent, at Don’t Stop Believing [referring to TV series Glee], eh di ba yun ang ginagawa namin noon sa That’s?”

    In 1996, a decade later, GMA-7 cancelled That’s at the height of its popularity. “Pag nasa mga restaurant ako o kaya naglalakadlakad sa Greenhills, sinisigawan ako ng mga tao: ‘Walang tulugan! Ba’t di mo ibalik ang That’s?’” Kuya Germs says. “Eh my god, bakit ba nag-end in the first place?”

    “They cancelled all my shows, which were all successful. Bakit? Ewan ko sa kanila,” he continues. “Siyempre may lungkot, may disappointment. But I never gave up. Kita mo naman, tuloy-tuloy pa rin ako. Kahit na alas-dos ng umaga ang show ko, sige lang.”

    For years, his current program Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman would broadcast live every late-night Saturday—technically Sunday—at 2 A.M. The show would last for two to three hours, often ending past five in the morning, hence the “Walang Tulugan” tagline.

    Walang Tulugan is a free-for-all extravaganza of a show and quite possibly the most confused program on television today. Take tonight’s line-up of guests, just for the show’s first hour: 72-year-old “Asia’s Queen of Songs” Pilita Corrales; 11-year-old Fil-Canadian YouTube sensation Maria Aragon; an American cruise ship musician who sings Tagalog songs; rock and roll band DeLara; a gay singing quintet dressed up as the Teletubbies; and an amateur college dance troupe.

    “No other TV show puts out a complete unknown to perform,” Pilita Corrales says, seconds before she goes on stage to sing. “Nobody! But with Kuya Germs, okay na okay.”

    We asked Corrales why she still takes the time—at her age and stature—to dress up and get made up for Walang Tulugan. “Honey, nobody says no to Kuya Germs,” she says. “You can’t find a better friend. You can’t find a better star builder. Many people think he charges a commission from the people he helps out. Hindi ganun si Kuya Germs!”

    Corrales rushes on stage and belts her classic hit “Paano.” After the song, Kuya Germs joins her for some banter. When the gap finishes and the commercials roll, Kuya Germs escorts Corrales backstage. “Pili, thank you,” he tells her. “I love you, Kuya Germs,” she tells him.

    Not only does Kuya Germs not charge a commission from his stars, he actually pays for their talent fees. He reveals that he spends P110,000 for every taping of Walang Tulugan, for the salaries of his co-hosts, guests, and their respective posse of assistants.

    “I fund it all, not the company [GMA-7],” he says. “The P110,000 comes from the talent fee they pay me.”

    We ask him how much he gets to take home for himself. “Napaka-liit na lang,” he replies, “pero di ko na iniisip yun. I’m okay. At this age, di ko na iniisip ang sarili ko. Araw-araw may mga magulang pa rin na lumalapit sa ‘kin: ‘Kuya Germs, pasikatin niyo naman ang anak ko.’”

    Every year, during Kuya Germs’ birthday celebration in Walang Tulugan, the song “Send in the Clowns” is played. “Yun na ang role ko dito sa industriya,” he says. “God has sent me to do this.”

    We mention GMA-7’s current anchor variety show Party Pilipinas, a program that, ideally, should be hosted by Kuya Germs. Does he feel the pressure to be more relevant—hipper, younger, flashier? The pressure of the ratings game? The pressure to not be a has-been? “I’m not an old timer,” he says. “Kung anong uso, kung anong tugtog, yun ang sayaw.”

    “Sabi nila sa ‘kin, ba’t ba di ka pa mag-retire? My god, lalo akong manghihina,” Kuya Germs says with a laugh. “I started on the stage, I will die on the stage.”

    As if on cue, Kuya Germs is called back to the Walang Tulugan stage for the next gap. Right before the cameras roll, he warms up the audience, 90% of which are composed of high school students who have all most likely never seen a single episode of GMA Supershow or That’s Entertainment and hence fully comprehend the position of German Moreno in Philippine popular culture.

    “O, dapat naka-ngiti tayong lahat,” Kuya Germs tells them. “Kasi pag naka-simangot, papangit tayo! Gusto niyo ba ‘yun?”

    The show goes on-air. Kuya Germs does his thing. The audience claps. Canned applause is played. The lights go down. The show goes off-air. The entire studio braces for the next segment. Kuya Germs walks down the stage. To our surprise, he approaches us at a far corner of the studio. “Kumain na ba kayo?” he asks. “Gusto niyong magpabili ako?” We decline and say thanks. So he nods, walks away, and gets back to his dressing room, his back hunched from all the weight of the world.

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    German Moreno passes away at 82

    (philstar.com) | Updated January 8, 2016 - 7:27am

    German Moreno, popularly known as Kuya Germs, died Friday morning due to cardiac arrest.

    MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED 9:03 a.m.) — German Moreno, popularly known as Kuya Germs, is dead.

    Kuya Germs died past 3 a.m. this morning due to cardiac arrest, according to a report in the GMA morning news program "Unang Hirit."

    According to his nephew John Nite, Kuya Germs was hospitalized on Thursday after his condition got worse and had another stroke, reports said.

    His remains will be open to the public at Mount Carmel in Aurora Boulevard. However, his family asks the public to give them enough time to grieve his death.

    The last public event of the 82-year-old TV-radio host and talent manager was GMA's New Year's Day countdown.

    He also attended the PMPC Star Awards for TV where he presented the German Moreno Power Tandem award to the love teams of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, and Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza.

    January last year, Kuya Germs suffered from stroke and had to rest for months before he was able to return in June.

    He was first back hosting his radio show before he returned to his late-night variety show "Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman."

    Kuya Germs was known to be a talent builder, which started in the youth-oriented show "That's Entertainment."

    He was behind the discovery of talented stars like Lea Salonga, Donna Cruz, Manilyn Reynes, Judy Ann Santos, Billy Crawford and Jake Vargas.

  3. #3
    German Moreno passes away at 82

    (philstar.com) | Updated January 8, 2016 - 7:27am

    German Moreno, popularly known as Kuya Germs, died Friday morning due to cardiac arrest.

    MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED 9:03 a.m.) — German Moreno, popularly known as Kuya Germs, is dead.

    Kuya Germs died past 3 a.m. this morning due to cardiac arrest, according to a report in the GMA morning news program "Unang Hirit."

    According to his nephew John Nite, Kuya Germs was hospitalized on Thursday after his condition got worse and had another stroke, reports said.

    His remains will be open to the public at Mount Carmel in Aurora Boulevard. However, his family asks the public to give them enough time to grieve his death.

    The last public event of the 82-year-old TV-radio host and talent manager was GMA's New Year's Day countdown.

    He also attended the PMPC Star Awards for TV where he presented the German Moreno Power Tandem award to the love teams of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, and Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza.

    January last year, Kuya Germs suffered from stroke and had to rest for months before he was able to return in June.

    He was first back hosting his radio show before he returned to his late-night variety show "Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman."

    Kuya Germs was known to be a talent builder, which started in the youth-oriented show "That's Entertainment."

    He was behind the discovery of talented stars like Lea Salonga, Donna Cruz, Manilyn Reynes, Judy Ann Santos, Billy Crawford and Jake Vargas.

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    Si ‘Kuya Germs’ sa paningin ng kaniyang mga kasama sa industriya

    Published January 8, 2016 8:47am

    Mabuting kaibigan, mapagbigay, at mentor. Ilan lamang ito sa mga katangiang taglay ng tinaguriang "Master Showman" ng show business na si German "Kuya Germs" Moreno sa mata ng kaniyang mga kasama sa industriya.

    Nang magdiwang si Kuya Germs ng kaniyang ika-50 taon sa showbiz noong 2013, isang coffee table book ang inilabas kung saan mababasa ang mga liham na isinulat ng ilang artista at kilalang personalidad na malapit kay Kuya Germs.

    Sa naturang coffee table book, makikita kung paano nila pinapahalagahan at pinapasalamatan si Kuya Germs sa tulong sa mga panahong kasama pa nila ito.

    Susan Roces

    Nagsisimula pa lang mag-artista sa Sampaguita Pictures si Kuya Germs nang makilala niya ang isa sa mga itinuturing na pinakamagandang babae sa show business, si Susan Roces.

    Sa tagal ng kanilang pagkakaibigan sa loob at labas ng showbiz, tunay ngang naging malalim na ang pinagsamahan ng dalawa.

    Narito ang bahagi ng liham ni Ms. Susan para sa kaibigan:

    "Dala-dala ni German sa diwa at puso niya ang kasaysayan ng pagiging 'showbiz personality n'ya.' Huwag kang magkakamaling itanong sa kanya kung paano siya nagsimula dahil mahaba-habang kwentuhan 'yan at aabutin ng ilang oras."

    "Habang sinusulat ko ito ay napapangiti ako. 'Yan ang epekto sa akin ng pangalang German Moreno."

    Gloria Romero

    "Forty years and still counting." Ganito na katagal magkaibigan sina Kuya Germs at ang beteranang aktres na si Gloria Romero, na isa rin sa mga pinakamagandang aktres sa industriya.

    Nagsimula ang kanilang pagkakaibigan mula pa sa Clover Theatre, isa sa mga pinagtrabahunan ni Kuya Germs.

    Gayundin, nagpasalamat si Ms. Gloria para sa makulay na pagkakaibigan nilang dalawa.

    "Thank you Pare for being a dear friend and for loving our industry. Continue the good work! Love you," pahayag nito sa kanyang liham.

    Nora Aunor at Tirso Cruz III

    Naging hit naman sa mga radio listener sa programa ni Kuya Germs nang panahon iyon ang "Guy and Pip" song festival, mga awitin nina Nora Aunor at Tirso Cruz III, na isa sa mga pinakasikat na love team noon.

    Sa kanyang liham, sinabi ni Tirso na, "Isa ka sa mga taong pinagkakautangan ko ng [mag]simula [a]ko sa industriya ng pelikulang Pilipino."

    Saad naman ng nag-iisang Superstar: "Pagbati mula sa puso para sa isang kaibigan, katrabaho, karamay at kaibigang higit pa sa kamag-anak.

    "Malaking bahagi ka kung bakit ako nasa kinalalagyan ko ngayon. Ikaw ang kuya ng lahat sa loob ng 50 taon, at sa mga susunod pang 50 taon dahil sa walang sawa at walang kapagod-pagod mong pagtulong sa mga bagong talento, at maging sa mga datihan, habang inaaliw mo kami sa mga palabas at pelikula mo.

    "Ikaw ang patunay na ang isang tunay na artista ng bayan ay laging mananatili. Ikaw ang aking inspirasyon, Kuya Germs.

    "Maraming salamat para sa lahat."

    Imelda R. Marcos

    Kailanman ay hindi ikinaila ni Kuya Germs na isa siyang Marcos loyalist.

    Lingid marahil sa kaalaman ng marami, may isang pagkakataon na "nailigtas" ni dating first lady Imelda Marcos sa pagkakakulong si Kuya Germs habang nagtatanghal sa "GMA Supershow" sa Folk Arts.

    "Magso-show kami sa Folk Arts nang dumating na ang huhuli sa akin na may kinalaman sa kaso laban sa akin ng Geebees Productions. Ang ginawa ko naman tumawag ako kay Mrs. Perez ng Sampaguita," pahayag ni Kuya Germs.

    "Sinabi ko kung maaari ay tulungan ako dahil huhulihin ako sa Folk Arts. Ang ginawa ni Mrs. Perez, tumawag sa Malacañang at kinausap si Madam Imelda Romualdez Marcos! Nung nalaman naman ni Madam, nagbigay ng order na walang p'wedeng dumampot sa akin," kwento nito.

    Federico 'Freddie' Moreno

    Itinuturing naman ng anak ni Kuya Germs na si Federico "Freddie" Moreno na isang "role model" ang pinakamamahal na ama.

    "As the lolo to your four apos, my children could not be more proud of their Papa. Every time they hear your name, whether it be on media or just over hearing your name being mentioned, I could see in their faces the pride and joy of knowing your lolo is a man of respect and integrity many people look up to," pahayag ni Freddie sa kanyang liham kay Kuya Germs.

    Sa itinagal ng "Master Showman" sa show business, masasabing marami na itong mga kaibigan at kakilala, na tulad niya ay pinapahalagahan ang kanilang industriya. At isang patunay nito ang pagiging star studded ng kaniyang 50th anniversary sa showbiz noong 2013.

    Gayundin, magbalik-tanaw tayo sa ilang artista na pinasikat, nakasama, at natulungan ni Kuya Germs upang maabot nila ang tagumpay.

    That's Entertainment

    Mula sa 16 na teen stars, lumawak ang slot ng "That's Entertainment" —na isa sa mga pinakasikat na teen oriented show noong dekada '80 sa mahigit 30 teen hosts sa bawat araw.

    Ang orihinal na 16 hosts ng nasabing show:

    Monday group:

    1. Ramon Christopher "Monching" Gutierrez
    2. Tina Paner
    3. Jestoni Alarcon
    4. Lotlot de Leon

    Tuesday group:

    1. Manilyn Reynes
    2. Michael Gonzales
    3. Lovely Rivero
    4. Mon Alvir

    Wednesday group:

    1. Gigi Dela Riva
    2. Jojo Alejar
    3. Sheryl Cruz
    4. Francis Magalona

    Thursday group:

    1. Lea Salonga
    2. Mags Bonnin
    3. Jonjon Hernandez
    4. JC Bonnin

    Ilan sa mga pangalang nabanggit ay nananatili pa rin sa showbiz hanggang ngayon, habang ang iba naman ay pumalaot na sa pulitika.

    Si Lea Salonga, nagwagi ng Tony Award bilang Best Actress noong 1991 para sa kanyang kauna-unahang Broadway show na Miss Saigon.

    Bukod pa rito, ang mga artistang sina Jestoni Alarcon, Manilyn Reynes, Monching Gutierrez, Lotlot de Leon, at iba pang sumali sa That's Entertainment ay kilala pa rin sa showbiz.

    Walang Tulugan!

    Nagtapos man ang "That's Entertainment," hindi pa rin tumigil si Kuya Germs sa pagbigay ng daan sa nangangarap na maging artista. Ito'y sa pamamagitan ng kanyang programa na, "Walang Tulugan With The Master Showman."

    Ilan sa mga mainstay ng naturang show ang FAMAS Awardee na si Jake Vargas, Hiro Magalona at Ken Chan.

    Kaya naman sa pamamagitan ng "That's Entertainment," "Walang Tulugan with The Master Showman," at iba pa, patunay ito na hindi lamang mahusay na host si Kuya Germs kung hindi isa ring "Starbuilder Extraordinaire."

    Pumanaw si Kuya Germs nitong Biyernes dakong 3:20 ng umaga sa St. Luke's Medical Center sa Quezon City, ayon sa kanyang pamangkin at TV host na si John Nite.

    Cardiac Arrest umano ang dahilan ng kayang pagpanaw sa edad na 82. — MMacapendeg/FRJ, GMA News

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    'Kuya Germs,' ang mestizong tindero ng bibingka, janitor, barker, at iba pa

    Published January 8, 2016 8:36am

    Sa selebrasyon sa ika-50 taon sa showbiz industry ni German "Kuya Germs" Moreno noong 2013, isang coffee table book ang inilabas ng GMA Network na naglalaman ng mga larawan at iba pang detalye tungkol sa mga pinagdaanan sa buhay ng nag-iisang "Master Showman" ng Philippine showbiz.

    Bago naging janitor sa Clover Theater, may iba pang trabahong pinasok si Kuya Germs sa mura niyang edad. Ginawa niya ito sa hangaring kumita ng pera upang matulungan ang kanyang ina, na maagang nabiyuda makaraang masawi sa aksidente ang kanyang ama.

    Kaya naman sa likod ng kanyang makukulay at glamorosong mga kasuotan (kabilang na ang kanyang mga bowties), nakasaad sa libro ang napakaraming pagsubok sa buhay na pinagdaanan ni German Moreno.

    Kabilang sa mga pagsubok na ito ay ang pagpanaw ng kanyang ama dahil sa aksidente nang mabundol ng sasakyan na minamaneho ng isang sundalong Amerikano.

    "For nine days, hinahanap namin siya. Finally may nakapagsabi sa amin na nasa American hospital siya kasi nga nabundol siya ng isang American soldier. Para bang hinintay lang niya ang Mama ko dahil as soon as makita namin siya, namatay na rin siya," kuwento ni Kuya Germs sa malungkot na kabanata ng kanyang buhay sa naturang libro.

    Unang sabak sa trabaho ni Kuya Germs ang pagsisilbi sa Manila Yellow Taxi na pag-aari ng kanyang tiyahin na tumulong sa kanyang pag-aaral. Dahil dito, may nalalaman din si Kuya Germs pagdating sa piyesa ng mga sasakyan.

    Pero dahil sa pagnanais niyang matulungan ang ina, nagdesisyon si Kuya Germs na iwan ang kaniyang trabaho sa Manila Yellow Taxi at maghanap ng ibang pagkakakitaan. Dito na siya sumabak sa pagtitinda ng bibingka, mani, sigarilyo, at iba pang produkto sa kalsada.

    Naging barker din siya o tagatawag ng pasahero sa jeepney, hanggang makapasok na siya bilang janitor sa Clover Theater -- ang trabaho na kabilang sa ipinagdasal niya nang nakaluhod sa Itim na Nazareno.

    Bilang Jesus Christ

    Ang makapagtanghal sa entablado ay isa rin sa mga idinalangin ni Kuya Germs. At dumating ang hinihintay niyang pagkakataon na umarte bilang si Jesus Christ sa Grand Opera House.

    "Ang dami ko nang trabaho talaga. One time, yung director ng live show, nangailangan ng propsman na magro-roll ng telon. Naispatan ako— pinaghubad ako ng polo. Nung makita ang katawan ko na buto't balat, sinabihan ako ng 'Perfect! Ikaw ang gagawin naming Jesus Christ,'" kwento pa ni Kuya Germs.

    Matapos nito, nagkaroon din ng pagkakataon si Kuya Germs na maging extra sa ilang pang live shows sa entablado.

    Sampaguita Pictures at Boy Alano

    Sa taong 1963, nakapasok si Kuya Germs sa Sampaguita Pictures bilang isang komedyante. Dito rin nakilala sina Dolphy, Panchito, Gloria Romero, at iba pang sikat na artista nang panahong iyon.

    Kuwento rin ni Kuya Germs, "Nag-host ako ng Premiere Night sa Life Theater. Gusto akong bayaran ni Mama Nene Vera-Perez. Pero hindi ko tinanggap. Ang sabi ko, kung pwede eh, isama na lang ako sa mga pelikula."

    Isa sa mga tumatak sa Sampaguita Pictures ay ang comedic tandem nila ni Boy Alano, na nagsilbing pamalit sa sikat din na tambalan nina Dolphy at Panchito.

    Ilan sa mga pinagbidahan nilang pelikula bilang tandem ay "Mga Batang Iskwater," "Class Reunion," at "Mga Batang Bakasyunista."

    Nakilala rin ni Kuya Germs ang isa sa mga malapit niyang kaibigan, si Ike Lozada.

    "Nakatulong ako sa kanya. During our Clover days, ako 'yung kumakalabit sa producer namin na i-schedule si Kuya Ike. Hanggang sa makapasok ako sa Sampaguita, napasok ko rin siya," pahayag nito. "Naging very close kami kaya nung magkaroon na siya ng sarili niyang programa, ako naman ang kanyang isinama roon. Ganoon."

    DJ Germs

    Hindi lang naman ang meztiso at payat na hitsura ni Kuya Germs ang tumatatak sa publiko, kung hindi maging ang kanyang boses. Sumabak siyang disc jockey (DJ) bilang sidekick ni Eddie Ilarde sa radio program na "Ngayon Naman" sa CBN.

    Noong taong 1969, lumipat si Kuya Germs sa bakuran ng dzTR bilang isang "pinch-hitter," bilang karelyebo nina Helen Vela, Bingo Lacson, at Ben David. Sa mga nagdaang panahon, nabigyan siya ng kanyang sariling timeslot mula 11pm hanggang 12mn sa 'Bisita Artista' at ang napaka-sikat na "Guy and Pip Song Festival."

    Ngayon, napakikinggan pa rin si Kuya Germs sa dzBB tuwing Lunes hanggang Biyernes ng 2:30pm hanggang 3:30pm.

    Alamat ng telebisyon

    Hindi lamang nagpapasikat ng mga artista si Kuya Germs, nakilala rin siya sa telebisyon sa mga show tulad ng showbiz talk show na "Daigdig ng mga Artista sa Television," at "Superstar" kung saan co-host niya si Nora Aunor.

    Sumabak din si Kuya Germs sa mga palabas sa GMA Network na:

    1978-1979: Germside
    1979- 1984: Germspesyal
    1984: Super in GMA
    1986: That's Entertainment
    1984- 1996: GMA Supershow
    1991- 1997: Negosiyete: Mag-aral Sa GMA
    1997- present: Walang Tulugan With The Master Showman

    Hindi mabilang ang mga naging co-host ni Kuya Germs sa kanyang mga TV shows. Pero ilan sa kanila ay sina Kris Aquino, Gretchen Barretto, Jackielou Blanco, Sheryl Cruz, Cherie Gil, at Lani Mercado.

    Nakapag-produce din siya ng mga telesine tulad ng:

    1993- Kung Mayroon Mang Pangarap
    1994- Ganti
    1995- Sa Paglinaw Ng Tubig
    1996- Ikaw, Ako at Ang Awit
    1997- Dalawang Ina, Dalawang Pag-ibig
    1998- Larawan ng Isang Ina
    1999- Ina

    Sa 200 pahinang coffee table book para kay Kuya Germs, naipakita na hindi lamang siya isang simpleng alagad ng entertainment industry. Sa halip, naipakita rin dito ang kanyang kababaan at kagandahang-loob, at kung papaano naging tahanan ng talento ang kanyang mga pinagdaanang trabaho magmula sa teatro, radyo, telebisyon at pelikula. -- MMacapendeg/FRJimenez, GMA News

  6. #6
    Jinggoy, Bong pleas to attend wake rejected

    @inquirerdotnet

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    01:48 AM January 13th, 2016

    THE SANDIGANBAYAN on Tuesday denied the requests of detained Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. for furlough to attend the wake of veteran TV host and “Master Showman” German Moreno, saying it’s a mockery of justice.

    The antigraft court’s Fifth Division reminded Estrada that the court had denied him bail which meant he can no longer fully enjoy his rights.

    “Suffice it to state that to allow (Estrada) to leave his detention cell, especially at this time when the court already denied his petition for bail, will not only set a bad precedent but will likewise be regarded as a mockery of the administration of justice,” the court said.

    The antigraft court’s First Division also turned down Revilla’s request, saying it does not consider attending the wake “a special circumstance” to allow him to leave detention for a few hours.

    The two actors-turned-senators are being tried for plunder for allegedly amassing millions of pesos in kickbacks from their Priority Development Assistance Funds or pork barrel.

    They are currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame. Dona Z. Pazzibugan
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI


 
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