Award-winning actor Nonie Buencamino (Ernie) portrays a 56-year-old closet gay judge in “Ipaglaban Mo” this Saturday (August 2).
As a respected Municipal Trial Court judge, Ernie was married to Carmen (Jackie Lou Blanco) with two kids. But their supposedly happy family life changed when Ernie came out and admitted that he was gay. He then filed a petition seeking the annulment of their marriage.
He claimed that he could not fulfill his marital obligations because of his homosexuality, which prompted his wife to have an affair with another man.
Carmen did not cooperate in the annulment case and insisted that Ernie could not be gay because they have two children. Backed by their children Carla (Beauty Gonzales) and Corrine (Sue Ramirez), Carmen filed an administrative case of immorality and dishonesty against him.
Whose side did the court take? Why did Ernie open up about his sexual orientation only when he was already a family man? Did he finally feel free and get his peace of mind after coming out?
Also joining the cast in this week’s episode, titled “Ang Totoong Ako” and directed by Eric Quizon are Alex Castro and Melissa Mendez.
Don’t miss “Ipaglaban Mo,” the drama anthology that empowers Filipinos with knowledge of their legal rights and obligations, hosted by Atty. Jose Sison and Jopet Sison, this Saturday (August 2) after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN. For more updates follow @IpaglabanMo2 on Twitter, @IpaglabanmoABSCBN on Instagram, and like the Facebook page Facebook.com/IpaglabanMoABSCBN.