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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 18, 2015

Celebrity Lawyer Lorna Kapunan Tests Waters If She'd Be A Senatoriable

CELEBRITY LAWYER Lorna Kapunan (who handles celebs like Coco Martin, James Yap, Hayden Kho) had a tete-a-tete with members of the entertainment press. "This is not to tell you that I'm running but to ask how you feel, kung ano ba ang pulso nyo, kung sakali ngang I will run for the senate," she says.

We tell her name recall is very important and among lawyers today who handle celebrity cases like the Fortuns, Alentajan and Topacio, who does she think has the most name recall? "Ako," she says quickly, without batting an eyelash.

Politics can be dirty. Is she ready for intrigues, muckraking and death threats? "I have nothing to fear as I have no skeletons in my closet. Bale wala ang death threats as long as you have a clear conscience. Ni wala nga akong security o kahit alalay na tagadala ng bag. I only have my driver. Basta I have only one rule. Do not touch my children, because I will kill for my children."

Atty. Lorna was married to former Judge Ed Roden Kapunan, her classmate in UP Law School, who succumbed to colon cancer in 2001. They have five sons, the eldest, Lino, 40 years old, is now a partner at her law firm. Her youngest son succumbed to leukemia when he was 8 years old Two other sons are also lawyers and another one is an architect. She is candid enough to admit she has found a new "sweetie pie", Jimmy Regalado. "He's an ex-communist na naging economist and now, poltical analyst. We met when we both became presidents of the Rotary club. Nine years na kami."

She considers her clients like her own children. "James Yap calls Mommy Lorna, ganun din sina Coco and Hayden. And like my real children, I'm ready to kill for them."

She's noted for championing women's causes. But how come she agreed to be Hayden Kho's defender against Katrina Halili? Has she seen Hayden's video? "Yes, and that's when I realized it was really a violation of his privacy. Yun naman talaga ang issue roon. His rights were violated. I don't think anyone would want his private part being shown in all those DVD's being sold in the bangketa."

why would she want to run? "Now, I serve only my private clients. But I want to serve more people, the public. Hindi ako papasok dito para maging politiko because no politician can save our country. It's only the people themselves who can save it by knowing kung paano sila bumoto nang tama."