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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 8, 2013

The New Season Of Atty. Jose Sison's 'Ipaglaban Mo' Will Have A New Faster Paced Format

ATTY. JOSE SISON, host of “Ipaglaban Mo” on GMA News TV Channel 11, turned 75 on April 7 but he remains trim and still very active as a practicing lawyer. What’s his secret? “I play a lot of badminton and I avoid fatty foods,” he says at the launch of his show’s third season that starts next Saturday, June 15, 2:30 PM, produced and directed by Hero Bautista.

Hero says the new season’s format will be different from the past ones. “It’ll definitely be more fast paced so viewers won’t get bored,” he says. “We’ll also feature stories that’ll be more interesting for the audience. Ang comeback episode namin is ‘Sinag ng Pag-asa’, about a public school teacher who died in a vehicular accident after coming from school. Ayaw bigyan ng death benefits ang family niya kasi nasa labas na raw siya ng school when it happened, so they filed a case at yun ang gist ng story.”

Hero’s family, along with sister Harlene, are now more active as producers. Their Heaven’s Best Productions has just finished producing two new movies: the comedy “Raketeros” starring QC Mayor Herbert Bautista, directed by Randy Santiago, and “Burgos” starring Lorna Tolentino, directed by Joel Lamangan.

Going back to “Ipaglaban Mo”, Atty. Sison says it started as a TV show in 1989. “Sa Channel 13 muna, then nalipat sa Channel 2 where it had two film versions. The stories are based on my columns sa Philippine Star, ‘A Law Each Day’, that are in turn based on actual cases from the files of the Supreme Court. Our aim is to make the public familiar with the law and help them to be more law abiding citizens. Up to now, we choose cases na makaka-relate ang ordinaryong tao and the show has won many awards.”

Atty. Sison also has his Ipaglaban Mo Foundation that offers free legal advice to the poor and you can also listen to him on DZRJ in “Ikaw at ang Batas”. A valedictorian in elementary and high school at UST, he finished law at the Ateneo in 1961 and passed the bar in 1961 with a grade of 84.95. He now has his own law office, Sison and Associates. His son Joseph Peter or Jopet, who co-hosts the show with him, is the second of his five kids. “Yung panganay lang ang babae and the rest are all boys,” he says.

Jopet was a Quezon City councilor for six years, the asst. gen. Mgr. of the National Housing Authority from 2001-2005 and pres. of the National Home Mortgage Corporation from 2005 to 2012.