Freddie Aguilar’s problem-A A +A
Sunday, October 20, 2013
FREDDIE Aguilar, 60, whose song “Anak” became an international hit in the `80s, may have lost focus in the uproar over his love affair with a 16-year-old girl.
He and his daughter Maegan are fuming over comments in social media that ridicule the relationship as a case of “cradle-snatching.”
The thrashing is mostly about the age gap.
One tweet said Freddie’s song “Anak” (child) would be apt for girlfriend Jovi Gatdula. Another tweet said Freddie’s next hit would be “Apo” (grandchild).
Pangasinan archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz says that for marriage or love to work out, age doesn’t really matter.
Maegan says her dad loves Jovi whose parents also approve their dating. Freddie talks about many married men having mistresses: “Why pick on me?”
Maegan snarls: “What’s your problem, morons!”
The problem isn’t the age gap. The good bishop, who has worked in the church marriage tribunal says, “A marriage doesn’t fail just because one of the spouses is young.”
In the entertainment world, there were May-December love affairs: notably, Dolphy-Zsa Zsa’s, Vilma Santos-Ralph Recto’s, Kris Aquino-James Yap’s.
Many endured, a few didn’t. Freddie has a 44-year age gap with Jovi, a lot of years but that’s not the messier part.
Jovi is a child, a minor who’s two years shy of the age of consent (18). Legally and theoretically, she’s can’t give consent to the loving or a marriage.
Freddie has opened himself to the risk of criminal prosecution for seduction or sexual abuse.
The state, though, may not bother to meddle if child and parents don’t complain.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 20, 2013.