The sensational Bea Alonzo-Gerald Anderson-Julia Barreto love triangle has become a national spectacle that apparently the discussion has crossed over to highest ranks of national policy makers.
Too hot has the topic become that it has not escaped public comments by no less than a Justice of the Supreme Court Marvic Leonen.
Let me try to briefly narrate what happened.
Young actor Gerald Anderson and actress Bea Alonzo were going steady.
Apparently it turns out that lately Gerald Anderson and another budding actress Julia Barreto were reported either dating or have become a couple themselves.
What is hazy is everything in between.
There is a report that Gerald Anderson cheated on his girlfriend Bea Alonzo.
Bea Alonzo herself was quoted to have said that she didn’t have a formal breakup with Gerald Anderson, as the latter suddenly just stopped talking to her.
Gerald Anderson meantime, debunked claims he is a two-timer saying he courted the other actress Julia Barreto after his relationship with Bea Alonzo ended.
What is the real story, we leave it to the experts on this field, the nosy showbiz reporters.
But what has shifted the discussion to higher gear was the comment of Justice Leonen who went to Twitter and published the following: “Dear Bea and Julia, is he really worth it? #JustAsking”
We are not sure what Justice Leonen meant with what sounds like a clarificatory question.
It could be questioning whether or not ‘he’-obviously referring to Gerald Andereson— was worthy of being the object of animosity between the two actresses.
It could also be questioning whether Gerald Anderson is worth all the space that the tabloids, the broadsheets, and the social media outlets are devoting to him.
Whatever it is, we find this unprecedented because this is the first time I have read a magistrate of the highest court publicly wading in a discussion historically and traditionally constricted within the confines of showbiz romance.
It has spilled over.
Don’t get me wrong.
This is not to say that discussions by highly esteemed bodies like the Supreme Court are limited only to the esoteric.
The court is never alienated from the mundane issues surrounding “ordinary mortals” like love and the myriad of controversies, emotions that it brings.
On the contrary, some of the best commentaries and the most eloquent and erudite writings about love can be found in the pages of Supreme Court decisions.
If words from Supreme Court itself were to answer Justice Leonen’s question: “Is he really worth it?”, some poetic quotes can be lifted from decisions to serve as likely responses:
“[T]he heart has reasons of its own which reason does not know.” [a quote from Chua-Qua versus Clave, G.R. No. L-49549, 30 August 1990]
Further, “[w]e cannot castigate a man for seeking out the partner of his dreams” [lifted from the case of Figueroa versus Barranco, Jr., G.R. No. 97369, 31 July 1997] because “[l]ove is useless unless it is shared with another.” [taken form Chi Ming Tsoi versus. Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 119190, 16 January 1997]
If a search is to be made from Supreme Court’s words to build a message for Bea Alonzo, it would be this:
To Bea:”[P]eople fall out of love. There is always a possibility that human love is not forever.” [fromJusticeLeonen himself in his Dissenting Opinion in Matudan versus Republic, G.R. No. 203284, 14 November 2016]
Even a message to Julia Barreto can be crafted from out of the words of the Court itself:
To Julia:”The question is not so much as who was aimed at [but] as to who was hit.” [taken from Borjal versus Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 126466, 14 January 1999 citing Pound in Corrigan versus Bobbs-Merrill Co., 228 N.Y. 58 (1920)]
Even to Gerald Anderson, a quote from a Supreme Court decision would be relevant:
To Gerald:”Statistics never lie, but lovers often do, quipped a sage.” [ taken from Antonio versus Reyes, G.R. No. 155800, 10 March 2006]
Finally.anadvice to Bea and Gerald and Julia and Joshua:”Individuals who are in love had the power to let love grow or let love die – it is a choice one had to face when love is not the love he/she expected.” [lifted from the case of Padilla-Rumbaua versusRumbaua, G.R. No. 166738, 14 August 2009]