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‘GETS NA NAMIN NI TITO BUTCH FRANCISCO ANG UGALI NG ISA’T ISA...’

Desisyon ng kongreso sa franchise ng ABS-CBN inaabangan na

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HULI man daw at magaling ay naihahabol pa rin.

It would seem totally unfriendly of us kung hindi namin maihahabol ang aming belated birthday greeting kay Butch Francisco who turned a year older yet wiser nitong Dec. 9.

Kung ilang taon na ang kung tawagin nami’y si Tito Butch, that we don’t know. He never tells us, and that makes him less friendly to us in a way.

We hardly mind though. Kahit naman si Kuya Boy Abunda deems his biological age as classified info. And this doesn’t make us love both of them less.

Ang pagkawala sa ere ng Startalk (October, 2015, to be exact) ay hindi nagsilbing kawalan namin ng komunikasy­on ni Butch.The irony is that, our communicat­ion lines are more open noong mawala na ang programang pinagsamah­an namin nang napakataga­l ding panahon.

Our phone convos would meander on just as anything: from the walang kawawaan to the may katuturan (or anywhere in between) as though we’re physically across each other.

Isa lang ang kulang: that is, ang meron kaming pagtalunan o pag-awayan that could lead to a friendship crumbling or completely destroyed.

Marahil, it’s the mutual acceptance of each other’s flaws which may seem difficult to acknowledg­e. Pero sakay na namin ni Tito Butch ang isa’t isa without having to pass judgment.

Born with different, if not contrastin­g background­s, tanggap ako ni Tito Butch as much as I embrace his humanity.

Totoong a Butch Francisco

is often a misunderst­ood showbiz person. And I can relate to him. He’s no stereotype. He is not what others expect him to be, he does his thing and it’s all that matters as long as he causes no harm.

Kumbaga sa pagkain, if it tastes like adobo, it must be adobo. No other food comes close to it.

Butch defies the popular wackadoodl­e na mas mag-ingat ka sa taong kilala mo na. A total departure from the scurrilous, pa-virtuous at self-righteous na mga taong naglipana sa showbiz.

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Even our neighbors keep bugging us about the impending closure of ABS-CBN should its franchise to expire in March, 2020 ay hindi na i-renew, as if naman ay kabilang kami sa House of Representa­tives in whose hands ay nakasalala­y ang desisyon.

Sa kanya kasing talumpati kamakailan ay mariing sinabi ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na kung inaakala ng pamunuan ng nasabing istasyon na mare-renew ang prangkisa nito’y titiyakin niyang hindi. “You’re out!” pahayag ni Digong.

When is March, parang nariyan lang as time flies nang hindi natin pare-parehong namamalaya­n.

But apart from the loss of jobs ng maraming kawani nito,this puts press freedom in such a precarious state. At isa lang comes to mind kapag ito ang paksang pinag-uusapan: anino ng liderato noong rehimeng Marcos.

But local showbiz won’t go as far as getting to its

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RODRIGO DUTERTE
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BUTCH FRANCISCO

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