Sunday, 24 February 2013

Atty. Teodoro "Teddy Boy" Locsin, Jr.

I truly admired Atty. Teodoro "Teddy boy" Locsin, Jr. as a person and in his many magnificent legendary work in his profession as a respected, dedicated lawyer, in media and in the Philippine Government. As a Politician, I admired his dignified position in the government as well as his decency.

Atty. Teodoro "Teddy Boy" Locsin, Jr.

One thing I truly and honestly recognized about him aside from being awesome and pleasantly looking was his cool voice. His voice delivers all his views truly clear and cool to understand, perhaps because I love the way he delivers his speech, it's sounds always pleasant for anyone's ears to hear. "Parang kahit di mo masyado nauunawaan ang laws ay maiintidihan mo talaga ang point ng sinasabi nya kasi may tonong kakaiba na parang maing-ganyo ka makinig talaga."

His parents are Teodoro M. Locsin, Sr. and Rosario Lopez. They were three boy's Enrique, Teddy Boy and Ramon. He was born in Manila on November 15, 1948, has a Bachelor of Laws from Ateneo and a Master of Laws from Harvard. He was editorial writer for the Philippines Free Press from 1967 until the imposition of martial law in 1972. He worked at the ACCRA LAW from 1977 to 1982 and was executive secretary of Enrique Zobel, the chairman of the boards of Ayala Corporation and Bank of the Philippine Islands. He was publisher and editorial writer of two of the country’s most respected newspapers, the Daily globe and TODAY

He was President Corazon Aquino’s minister of information, and presidential legal counsel and speechwriter. He was also speechwriter of presidents Joseph Estrada’s and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s state of the nation addresses. 

He has lectured in various schools including the US National Defense College. He hosted a public affairs program for five years at ABS-CBN and has served as director of San Miguel Corporation, the Philippine long Distance Co. and The Medical City. 

He served as Congressman for the 1st district of Makati from 2001 to 2010. He is the principal author of major tax, banking, citizenship, suffrage and citizen legislation, such as the Anti-Money Laundering, EVAT, SPAV, Securitization, Dual Citizenship, Overseas Voting, Electronic Election, and the House version of the Anti-Terrorism acts; as well as the only one in the entire Congress to speak up against the Fertilizer Scam.

His father was the prominent newspaperman and publisher. Teodoro Locsin, Sr. lived to be one of the most patriotic persons of our times. He was from the Ateneo de Manila, the school that produced such patriots as Francisco "Soc" Rodrigo and Raul Manglapus.

Locsin, Sr. as a publisher and editor was the most respected and admired by his peers. From the start, he was associated with only one magazine, the Philippines Free Press. In his lifetime, the Free Press underwent two major crises. First was when it was closed by the Japanese military authorities. Locsin Sr. promptly took a battle back to Negros and joined the guerrillas. He was awarded two Philippine Legion of Honor decorations for valor for his role in the guerrillas during the occupation. He has also written one of the finest accounts of the Japanese occupation in a story called The Heart of the Enemy.

The second crisis came when President Marcos declared martial law. Locsin Sr. was incarcerated in Camp Crame along with Benigno Aquino, Jr. and Eugenio Lopez, Jr. This despite the fact that President Marcos honored Locsin with the Presidential Golden Plow Award for Land Reform in 1968. Then, Marcos' citation said that Locsin's Free Press editorials were democratic and libertarian. Locsin never wavered in his stand. Like Ninoy and Geny Lopez, he stood pat on what he had written and openly expressed what he thought of the martial law regime.

Teodoro Locsin, Sr. dies on January 21, 2000 at 8:30 P.M. He was buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani, given all the honors and tributes that Ferdinand Marcos would’ve paid several millions for, as one writer at the time observed.

When Senior Associate Justice Leonardo Quisumbing retired from the Supreme Court on November 5, 2009, Locsin, Jr. was among the candidates nominated by the Judicial and Bar Council as a potential replacement.

He currently does the editorial segment titled "Teditorial" for ANC's nightly newscast, The World Tonight.

My Favorite Atty. Teodoro "Teddy Boy" Locsin, Jr 
at Justice Ricardo Puno Sr. and auntie Priscilla V. Puno Birthday

Atty. Teodoro Locsin, Jr and Engr. Antonio Albar
at Justice Ricardo Puno Sr. and auntie Priscilla V. Puno Birthday

Atty. Teddy Boy Locsin, Jr. with spouses Tony and Sol Albar
at Justice Ricardo Puno Sr. and auntie Priscilla V. Puno Birthday
By: Sol Albar ©