[My dear UP Law classmate and friend, MARIO CLUTARIO, with his soul-mate, gracious wife and marital partner MARITA when they attended the recent National Convention of Prosecutors of the Philippines which was held in Subic, Zambales. HAPPY 65th BIRTHDAY! BIRTHDAY BOY…MARIO CLUTARIO!]
You are an ARIAN, my dear MARIO,
And of the CHINESE ZODIAC LOGO —
You are a WATER DRAGON, it’s TRUE…
And VLADIMIR PUTIN1, is of your same BREW!
As a WATER DRAGON2 person,
You’re as VIGOROUS like a LION;
You’re persevering and farsighted too,
‘Twas my perception in our class at UP Law3!
In my honest cognition, you really talked sense…
As in our Law evening classes thence,
I would attentively listen to your circumspection- –
Knowing fully well, that it’s not just mere locution!
Indeed, every time you do a discourse,
My ears as a cinch would listen, of course!
For you did not only sound so authoritative —
It’s as if you’re a pastor, who’s gone contemplative!
1 – Russian Federation President VLADIMIR PUTIN was born on October 7, 1952 and is therefore under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the WATER DRAGON.
2 – Water Dragon persons are known for their traits of being PERSEVERING, FARSIGHTED and VIGOROUS.
3 – Mario and I were classmates at the University of the Philippines-College of Law circa 1974-1979. I actually filed a leave of absence for a semester, and as some subjects are offered only on a yearly basis — for which reason I graduated in 1980 at the UP Law.
4 – Mario was appointed PUBLIC PROSECUTOR for the province of Rizal. There was a time when I got engaged by a client who had an earlier criminal case where a warrant of arrest was issued with no provision for bail, I asked Mario to accommodate my client’s plea to subscribe before him at his Pasig home in the wee hours of the early dawn to elude a possible arrest by the Pasig police force. This was so as the case where a warrant of arrest with no provision for bail similarly emanated from the Office of the City Prosecutor of Pasig City.
5 – My client then was a little bit UNMEEK as she was even boasting about the early dawn setting for her to subscribe under oath before Mar (at Mar’s very own Pasig home) in regard to the affidavits that she was to file relative to sequel criminal complaints which were filed against her. I myself was amazed by the bravado shown by my lady-client who eventually was arrested and even stayed pregnant in jail and delivered a baby while in confinement.
6 – INVESTIGATION refers to the preliminary investigation conducted by the Office of the City Prosecutor.
7 – My lady client eventually even boasted about how she earlier on, evaded arrest via the strategy of getting Mario’s accommodation to have her subscribe under oath (those affidavits) before Mario sub rosa at his residence (i.e. Mario’s Pasig Home) as early as 5:00 AM then.]
I am a litigation lawyer in the Philippines and a graduate of the UP College of Law. I am married to a culinary chef, my wife Criselda, endearingly called as Dang, who is now preparing her masteral thesis at UP; and have four (4) children: three (3) daughters (i.e. Shayna, a UP Masscom grad; Cheska, a UP Visual Arts grad; and, Alee who is a Grade 12 student at Miriam High) who are all passionate advocates of the hiphop culture particularly the dance genre (i.e. regular participants in the annual World Hiphop International Dance Competitions in the US) and one (1) son (i.e. Anthony who is an Ateneo graduate in European Studies) who lustily plays the guitar and the electronic drums.
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