Those Peace Pacts ... (Editor's Note: Most Politicians Sign Peace Agreements without Intent to Observe Them as Noted by the Author.)
Byline: Romeo V. Pefianco
THE most popular (and expensive) coffee shop in the 1950s was on the second floor of Botica Boie at Escolta. One of my law professors called it the day salon of "connivers, intriguers, and conspirators."
P1.10 a cup in the 1950s
My brother who helped me through law school told me not to take coffee at Boie at P1.10 per cup. It was beyond his means. He asked me to try a small cafeteria near Clover Theatre where a steaming Hills Bros. was served in less than five minutes at P0.40 per cup, and what a difference.
Promdi slapped by a glass door
He told me about an accident at Boie where one promdi was slapped in the head by the only and the first electronic door in RP. I was especially lured to Boie by this incident.
A prosperous classmate invited me to have coffee at Boie where customers and guests were not dressed like students.
News event of the day
We saw three popular columnists: Doroy Valencia, Joe Guevara, and NPC president Ening Santos.
We overheard them discussing the day's most important news event: Lasting peace (at last!) in Cavite voluntarily offered by two political stalwarts - Gov. Camerino and Congressman Montano. The peace pact was brokered by Mayor Arsenio H. Lacson who referred to his initials as "Ang hulog ng langit."
DZBB offered to host the event live at Bob Stewart's radio studio. Lacson ordered the closure of Escolta with barricades of barbed wire. The show was declared as the live radio event of the year.
Sign of the cross
Camerino and Montano greeted the Cavitenos and their parting words of Peace "for all" moved people to make a sign of the cross. Lacson, who had eyed a higher position than mayor, was proud of his achievement of bringing peace to Cavite.
That same month I found myself near Lyric Theatre (some 50 m from Boie and DZBB) and I saw a procession of crime probers from Manila's finest. I asked if an important case was being investigated. Answer: Gov. Camerino was shot at the loge section of the movie house. He lived to tell the story. No suspect was arrested or identified. End of the peace agreement! Sign of the cross again!
Years ago I read one back issue of an international magazine's account of the non-aggression pact between Hitler and Stalin. The classic caricature showed the two protagonists signing documents on a shiny table. …