Art and artists in martial-law Manila

It was November 1972. Martial law had been inflicted upon the land, following the fake ambush of Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile. My magazine the Graphic had been padlocked, along with the rest of the magazines and newspapers, except for the crony paper Daily Express. I was out of a job, like many in media.

A few months later, while trying to earn a living translating lachrymose Spanish-language comics into Tagalog, courtesy of Morita Roces, I learned that Purita Kalaw Ledesma, the founder of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), had been looking high and low for me. It turned out that Mrs. Ledesma needed, not a critic (who would just quarrel with her), but a collaborating writer who, as she pointed out good-naturedly, knew “next to nothing about art.” The task was to write a history of the AAP.

That was my introduction to the world of Philippine

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Lawyer shoots self to death after killing RTC judge inside Manila City Hall

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MANILA, Philippines — A lawyer fatally shot himself after shooting and killing a judge at the Manila Regional Trial Court inside her office at the Manila City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Police said the victim, RTC Branch 45 Judge Maria Teresa Abadilla, 44, was allegedly shot by lawyer Amador Rebato Jr., 42, chief of Court Clerk of the same Manila RTC Branch 45, located on the Manila City Hall’s fifth floor.

The shooting happened at 2:45 p.m., the police report said.

In a 4 p.m. update, Police Major Jhun Ibay, head of Manila Police District Special Mayor’s Reaction Team, said Abadilla was declared dead on arrival at Manila Medical Center 30 minutes after the shooting incident.

He told that the suspect died allegedly after shooting himself.

“Patay po siya (Suspect is dead) [..] using his own firearms. Iyan iyong initial sa assessment ko, na nagpakamatay

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Philippine Lawyer Kills Manila Judge in Murder-Suicide

Luis Liwanag and Jeoffrey Maitem
Manila and Cotabato, Philippines

A Manila judge was shot dead by an allegedly disgruntled chief clerk in a murder-suicide Wednesday at City Hall, officials said, in a case that put the spotlight back on violence against judiciary members.

The clerk, lawyer Amador Rebato Jr., 42, fatally shot Judge Maria Theresa Abadilla of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 45, after an argument in her office, according to a police report, which said Rebato then turned the gun on himself.

“The suspect died, apparently after committing suicide. The judge died after being rushed to the hospital,” Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso told BenarNews. “The investigation is ongoing and we will leave no stone unturned.”

Maj. Jhun Ibay of the Manila police’s district unit assigned to City Hall said it was not clear how Rebato managed to smuggle his weapon inside the building. To enter, people must

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