Serafin Cuevas: Why Filipinos think he is the new role model

Being “cool” is not about wearing the right clothes or having the latest gadgets. Being cool is about having the right attitude. Take the case of former Supreme Court associate justice, Serafin Cuevas. Cuevas is not what most people would consider a poster boy for GQ magazine. If you bumped into Cuevas on the streets without knowing who he is and what he represents, you probably wouldn’t even give him a second look because he looks like everybody’s grandpa. It is not because Cuevas is not a looker in his own right. It is because in a world obsessed with youth, most people would dismiss someone his age as irrelevant. But at 83, his age is actually part of the reason a lot of Filipinos think he is so awesome.

Let’s face it; a lot of people are afraid of the thought of getting old. Apart from the fear of looking like a dried prune, there’s this misguided notion that once you reach a certain age, you should be taking a back seat. That’s because every year, one younger-looking hotshot or another who thinks he is brighter than you comes along more than eager to replace you.

Just to give you an example of what some people are willing to do in order to remain relevant in society, British supermodel Agyness Deyn had until recently, pretended to be six years younger than her actual age. She had to admit that she was already turning 30 not 24 after some of her former high-school classmates created a Facebook group called “Agyness Deyn You’re not 18”. In her confession, she said that lying about her age was the only way she could get signed up by modeling agents when she decided to be a model at 18, an age that is already considered too old in an industry obsessed with youthful looking people.

That is the harsh reality model Deyn and a lot people have to deal with in an industry where people have to maintain a certain image just to look fresh and give the appearance of “cool”. Of course the environment in the fashion industry is not exactly the same as that in the professional services industry. It may not be as glamorous but at least in the professional services industry, those who have been in the business longer than everybody else are seen to be the ones possessing the wisdom and expertise to know exactly what they are taking about. And I can be sure that this is the reason why Cuevas does not have to pretend he is 18 just to get some respect as a lawyer.

It is no secret that in the Philippines, most Filipinos would rather idolize celebrities like Kris Aquino and professional athletes like Manny Pacquiao. We all know that idolizing the wrong role model has resulted in the dumbing down of our society over the years. Recently, however, octogenarian Cuevas who was virtually unknown to Filipinos who are under the age of 26, has given young Filipinos enough reason to idolize someone outside of the showbiz industry. This is encouraging news, indeed. And the former associate judge is the kind of person Filipinos should be looking up to.

Cuevas owes his return to the spotlight to the televised impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. Despite being retired from practicing as a lawyer, the daily telecast of the proceedings from Monday to Thursday has endeared Cuevas to the public. Some even now refer to the trial as the “Serafin Cuevas School of Law” because he often ends up giving a lecture about the rules of court during the trial. His impromptu lectures are mostly for the benefit of the prosecution who he says still acts more like students than lawyers. It is hard to imagine that in just a few weeks time, Filipinos had learned to appreciate those who were otherwise long forgotten. Cuevas at his age even had to open a Twitter account and a Facebook page just to accommodate his new fans who want to know more about him.

Just like a revival of an old song, the new generation is dancing to the new version of an old hit. It’s not hard to explain why. A lot of educated Filipinos have for so long been disillusioned with the crop of leaders the country has had so far. They have been consciously and unconsciously looking for someone with conviction to turn to for real leadership. Most of the country’s public servants who include President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy), have not demonstrated enough statesmanship; they have not inspired greatness in the people. All of a sudden, an old man wearing a shiny white suit and a distinguished hairstyle blew Filipinos away with his sharp wit and wisdom. None of the hotshot wannabe lawyers who are half his age even come close to the way Cuevas presents himself.

There are those who try to question Cuevas’s credibility but fail because they use flawed logic. One of them is so-called “investigative journalist”, Raissa Robles. Ms Robles managed to unearth some pieces of information on Cuevas then desperately tried to insinuate that he was once a rule-breaker — her “proof” being that Cuevas swore into office former President Ferdinand Marcos’s Vice-President Arturo Tolentino after Marcos fled to Hawaii in 1986. In short, Robles would like us to believe that Cuevas in his capacity as a Supreme Court Judge, did not recognize the Aquino government and took it upon himself to attempt to right a perceived wrong. And if we need to be technical about it, Cuevas was actually following the rule of law then because the Vice President naturally takes over in the absence of the President of the Republic. Since no court has proven the allegation that the election win of Marcos-Tolentino was fraudulent, it means that it was the Cory Aquino government that was illegitimate.

Robles even tried to make a big deal out of Cuevas’s association with Senate President, Juan Ponce Enrile who he defended after the latter was implicated in the August 1987 coup attempt against former President Cory Aquino and charged with a “rebellion-complexed-with-murder” case. Her inclusion of this information in her so-called blogsite simply fails the “So what?” test. Cuevas was a lawyer and Enrile was his client then. You could say that it is indeed, a bizarre twist of fate now that the two are back in the ring wearing different hats. In any case, it shouldn’t be a problem as long as the two stick to upholding the rule of law. It’s unfortunate that so many Filipino journalists who claim to be after the “truth” are spreading irrational drivel instead. What’s worse is that so many Filipinos believe them.

Fortunately for Cuevas, many young Filipinos nowadays who did not witness the 1986 Edsa revolution are not beholden to the Aquinos. They can see through the propaganda being spewed by journalists who appear to be allied with Philippine President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy). Thanks to the dawn of the age of social media, people who are open-minded enough can easily get both sides of the story from the Net. And that is exactly what some Filipinos are doing. Never before has an opportunity been available for everyone to see what the so-called “yellow-magic” is all about – nothing more than a big fat lie.

Now that the prosecution has finalized the presentation of their case against Chief Justice Corona, the coming weeks are going to be more exciting than the past several weeks. Filipinos will finally see more action from lead defense counsel Cuevas who in the past had been limited to voicing his objection to most of the prosecution’s childish violations.

It is easy to see why people can’t get enough of Serafin Cuevas. Some members of the prosecution particularly Congressman Niel Tupas, Jr have become laughingstocks because of their cockiness. They have annoyed people from both the pro and anti-Corona camps. In contrast, Cuevas looks very relaxed and unperturbed by all the fuss. He can be the poster boy for Zen.

Cuevas also appears to be very comfortable in his own skin and unlike some members of the prosecution team; Cuevas does not need to use stunts to get respect. He is certainly not afraid to be different even while just being himself. One can be forgiven for saying that he might be cooler than the father of cool, James Dean — because Cuevas still rocks at his age.

[Photo courtesy Interaksyon.com.]

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Trosp
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I’d like to think that Raissa is like a driftwood. No emotion.

As for getting old, well, IMHO, it’s not the age but it’s the performance.

annaschell
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Lets admit it AJ Serafin Cuevas and JPE belongs to the old Gentlemen league. they have seen,lived and survived the worse time.

tim
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my fear is that it may take a while before the Philippines once again is in possession of men of their caliber. I don’t see anyone in the near horizon. hopefully, I’m wrong.

Aegis-Judex
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Now if there were more of their ilk…

empressv.karen
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LOL! “…poster boy of Zen…” hehehe. Out na ba ang mag issue? hehehe

alconce
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Tupaz and company is what congress is all about. Arrogant, incompetent, all air no substance, and most of all, as what a columnist have said, “Benignoramuses”.

koikoikoii
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Nice article once again miss ilda.

raissa robles is the mother of all trolls ,she looks like one too, (heard she injured herself and on crutches right now.. could it be the universal law of retribution working slowly into her wicked yellow journo life? ) Her attempts to demonize Cuevas fell flat tho.

philippaopao
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D58tZVayQNE

I’m quite surprised that Cuevas was also the legal counsel of Former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. Too bad, she gave up on him when she finally resigned last year, otherwise we might’ve seen Tupas and Cuevas on the Senate Impeachment Trial that was supposed to happen, haha.

jay
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raissa robles seems not only myopic but full of hate.
an example of how not to write. and she is clearly a propagandist not a journalist.
i dont think anyone in the ‘industry’ takes her seriously

interesante
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bayaran siguro

Vincenzo B. Arellano
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Cuevas is not a role model because he sided with the corrupt, may kapalit ang kanyang pagdepensa kay Corona dhl hndi gnoong kadali kpag ikay nasa bad side. Isa pa, siya pala ay nging traydor din ng pmhalaan.

domo
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Nagturuan na naman ang isip batang si vincensus ignoramus. And so as your precious president by giving more pork barrels to his congress mafia for that nonsense impeachment.

Der Fuhrer
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@Nutzi Vincenzo

Please show concrete evidence that Atty. Cuevas is corrupt or that he sided with the corrupt. I suppose benIgnoranus rex is so clean and so unpolluted in your mind? It is very apparent that you adore and worship him like a god.

Anonymous
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Blah blah, is that all you can say vincenzo the tw@t? Still uttering the same “pnoy is my god and you are corrupt” crap.
When will you ever learn?

interesante
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Vincenzo B. Arellano aka the troll from Malacañang…since you enjoy going against the beliefs of intelligent, discerning, and thinking people like us here, go ahead. But you cannot stop us from showering you with insults as well. Sorry but I am not one to mince words and to tell you honestly, I am not in the mood to tolerate yourB***s**it today. Bring it on!

Der Fuhrer
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A short analysis on the vaunted abilities of the prosecution.

http://www.malaya.com.ph/03062012/edmata.html

karim
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@vicenzo

ui batang isip! anong alam mo sa pagtatrahidor ni ginoong cuevas sa bayan? alamin mo mo ang totoong naganap na ang lolo mo, lolo ni tito noy mo ay isang MAKAPILI!

ecaps24
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I got a chance to met Justice Cuevas in 2009. He’s really an honorable man.

sacrosanct
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why bother with the likes of vincenzo? he is pretty much like tupas and quimbo, makes you wanna puke. sorry. .

ahehe
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waiting for his dark past to be dragged out like what the Pnoytards are doing with JPE and MDS. Martial law ties? Duh.

ahehe
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wala yata si former-terrorist-now-senator Trillanes sa list ng wrong models

azi
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kawawa naman ang mga taong lumalaban para sa karapatan ng mga Pilipino… buti nga may mga taong lumalaban para sa bayan at kalayaan natin…

Daido Katsumi
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I hope your being sarcastic.

Trosp
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You can find them in this blog. Kawawa nga kami. Dito lang kami pwedeng ilaban ang karapatan ng kapwa Pilipino.

You can also find those hypocrites here in this blog.

Trosp
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Calling Trillanes a terrorist is a compliment. He’s a plain useful idiot.

Don
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Useful idiot is way too nice. The guy is a douchebag.

Der Fuhrer
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A respite from the Impeachment distraction… The silent, sleeping president, the continuing red connection and the clear and present danger it represents.

http://www.anadpartylist.org/20120306/anad-warns-pnoy-against-riding-on-a-‘communist’-tiger.html

Hyden Toro
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I believe that age is like vintage wines; the older they get, the better they become…the young has no role models for the past 30 years of Aquino regime… We have a whore: Kris Aquino, who is a slut, inserting herself to be a role model of the young…Part of her acts is to sell her family/ herself (?)to voters for political office…we have the boxing champion, Pacquiao. Some singers, Show Biz personalities…We have also Revillame, who got us into the brainless, Wowoowee generation, where the people, morphed into clueless YellowTards…From our role models; we voted Show Biz personalities, as… Read more »
Aegis-Judex
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Perhaps far more mysterious than the Council of Ayatollahs–I meant the CBCP–would even admit, huh?

Hyden Toro
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Religion is derived from the word: “religio” which means, “to bind”. To bind to what? If a religion, would make me find the truth about myself, about life, or, make me conjoin with God. Then, I am all for it. If a religion, would make me abide to certain dogmas, certain group mindset, or to put a political leader in office. Or, to engage in politics, like the Ayatollahs of Iran…then, I don’t think, I would let myself be bound…

jay
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p-noys puppets like to play dare – how mature!, but if they want to reduce things to that level, and since p-noy has denied any psychological reports exist, then will he commit to resign if an authentic report can be produced. i dare the palace.

FallenAngel
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Cuevas:Did you order the code red?
PNoy:You’re goddamn right I did!!!

Sorry, couldn’t resist 🙂

Atty Cuevas is about to show us how lawyering should indeed be done. Some things just don’t diminish with age.

Raissa Robles, on the other hand, can keep on digging dirt all she wants but she won’t find the link that she imagines in her mind.

bectro
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Cuevas:Did you order the code red?
PNoy:You’re goddamn right I did!!!

Few good men 🙂

Der Fuhrer
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Impeachment aside. I cannot help but think about why the silent, sleeping president cried coup. One Senator Trillanes confirmed this as true despite the AFP denying it. Might I point out that Mr. Trillanes is one former leader of the red infected Magdalo Group. The same group that had an alliance with the CPP-NPA. I still remember the capture of Lt. San Juan that led to the red alliance disclosure. Could this coup scenario be part of an expanded administration plot? Is it now an integral part of Plan B? Mr. BS Aquino is even bent on acquiring a new… Read more »
Mark
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Cuevas is like a boxer in the ring teasing the prosecution for weeks with powerful but elegant jabs and now he is getting ready for the knock out. This is going to be fun!

Aegis-Judex
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Cue the terrible, terrible damage the prosecution is going to take.

karim
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pinakamayabang at bastos na terrorista etong trillianes kaya, hindi ko na eto iboboto. sagad sa boto ang bitterness nito at ngayon nasa senate na sya wala pa nmn etong nagawang mabuti eh, kundi ang manumbat sa kapwa nya sundalo at wala pang respeto sa dati nyang mga pinuno. nakakalungkot isipin na magiging ganito ang asal nito ngayon na sobra ang angas? dapat paalalahanan na eto ni spiderman, “great power is great responsibility” ika nga. sir, maari po ba eh senador na po kayo…kung ayaw mo nmn magbago eh kung talaga matapang ka nga eh bahala ka sa buhay mo, mamatay… Read more »
Combuzz
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Watchout it seems Noynoy has a new political target. “The BIR wants to investigate 33 tax records, including Pacquiao’s annual income tax return in 2010, his book of accounts, list of assets, as well as his earnings from his fights against[b] Antonio Margarito and Joshua Clottey.[/b]” Is someone’s earnings abroad taxable in the Philippines? If Manny is being taxed for his earnings here in the U.S., isn that double taxation? And are OFW’s being taxed the same way? If so that sucks for the OFWs who get taxed in the country they work in and their country of origin. To… Read more »
Don
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“Is someone’s earnings abroad taxable in the Philippines? If Manny is being taxed for his earnings here in the U.S., isn that double taxation? And are OFW’s being taxed the same way? If so that sucks for the OFWs who get taxed in the country they work in and their country of origin.” Actually, yes. One can be bound to pay US and Philippine taxes, and double taxation won’t apply. There ae 2 taxing entities: US and Phil. Manny pays US taxes because he got the money from the US, and he pays Phil tax because he’s a Philippine citizen.… Read more »
Frank
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I’m curious as to exactly how ConPac has been able to benefit Sarangani since he got elected. What little I’m hearing is leaning toward good but I can’t be sure.

nelson ongpauco
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naging congressman dahil binili ang boto tingnan ninyo noong una syang kumandidato talo sya kahit anong sikat niya may sira na ang ulo nito ngayon naman nag miministro na at nanggagamot pa ng taong maysakit .yung taong gumaling daw yan ang mga palabas nila subra na ng laki ng ulo kanta ng kanta akala mo maganda ang boses niya kung kumanta ay bisayang bisaya ang aksen.mga tanga lang ang taong nakikinig sa pagkanta niya hindi lang sya ang champion na boxer ng pinas

nelson ongpauco
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taxasable yan dahil kumita sya sa USA bayad sya ng tax ,pilipino sya bayad sya ng tax sa pinas lahat ng tao sa america gaya ng las vegas pagnanalo ka sa sugal pagkuha mo ng perang napanalunan mo bawas na ang tax ganyan dito sa america tuwing huhugutin mo ang pera sa bulsa para gastusin bayad ng tax lahat ng binibili at nererentahan bayad ng tax yan ang ginagaya ng pinas maiba tayo papaano dapat hangaan si cuevas eh ang parati kong nakikita ay your honor I object at dahil kaibigan niya si enrile ay pinapayagan sya kung talagang magalin… Read more »
witiwiw
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hi guys! i’m new here. would you know kung sino ang nagbibigay ng funding para sa site na ito? may bonus kasi kami sa teacher namin pag nasabi namin. please help! 🙂

Peste
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Madali lang ang sagot dyan. Pero bago ang lahat, saang school yan, at sino ang nagtatanong?

Trosp
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LOL…

nelson ongpauco
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