‘Seducing’ Freddie Aguilar-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
A FRIEND of Freddie Aguilar reportedly said that all the talk about the music icon having seduced his girlfriend didn’t consider that it could be the other way around: Freddie might be the victim.
Celebrities, the friend said, are often coaxed into odd relationships by women fans who see only aura of fame or promise of affluence, not age or looks.
Improbable as that sounds to a public that regards Freddie, 60, as the schemer, authorities still have to find a complainant.
The girl, 16, isn’t complaining; her parents reportedly approve the dating.
It’s DSWD that wants to find out if the “welfare and interest” of the girl, a minor and a child under the law, isn’t at risk.
Fair enough, although Freddie’s high profile is what has given it priority status. But is the prospect of being jailed for seduction not dim?
Lawyers tell us there’s no qualified seduction because Freddie has no authority over the girl (not a guardian or teacher), no confidence reposes in him (not a priest or domestic help), and he’s no relative (not a brother or ascendant).
They may try simple seduction, which requires deceit, generally in the form of a breach of promise to marry. But Freddie plans to marry her and he can’t legally do so until she’s 18.
Suing Freddie for simple seduction can come later if, despite claims of too much love, he’d abandon her.
No breach yet of something he can’t legally do.
They can warn Freddie he’d turn into a doddering spouse to a woman in her procreative prime. But they can’t threaten him with life behind bars, to wail in song about his “anak” or “apo.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 28, 2013.