In a special episode of Cayetano in Action with Boy Abunda, the show revisited three of its most heartwarming stories for a deeper look into the challenges faced by the featured individuals, presenting never-before-seen footage of each case.
The first story featured Bunene, who had an unplanned pregnancy at an early age. Without the resources to properly care for her children, Bunene’s mother-in-law, Nanay Dayday, took care of them. Now that Bunene wants her children back, she is accusing Nanay Dayday of character assassination, claiming that she turned the children against her.
“Nanay din po ako eh, ‘wag naman po sana siraan ako sa mga anak ko. Kukunin ko talaga ‘yang mga bata kapag ako [ay] nakaluwag-luwag,” Bunene said.
Sibling-senators Alan and Pia Cayetano provided their advice to Bunene and Nanay Dayday, asserting that the biological mother is still the rightful person to care for her children.
“Pareho niyo namang mahal [y’ung mga bata]. Pero maniwala po kayo na hahanapin at hahanapin [ng mga bata] y’ung kanilang nanay,” Kuya Alan said.
“Hindi man siya naging perpektong nanay, naging matigas man ang ulo niya, may chance po kayo na magtulungan,” Ate Pia added.
In the second story, the senators expressed their disappointment in the case of Rosalie, a graduate who was denied her diploma by the school after it closed down despite fulfilling all of the requirements for graduation.
“There is no excuse. Nagbayad ka, nag-aral ka, [at] pinaghirapan mo ‘yun. Buhay mo ang nakataya rito. This is not an ordinary decoration lang sa bahay,” Kuya Alan said.
“Kailangan bigyan ng leksyon [y’ung school] kasi hindi nila pwedeng ganituhin ang mga estudyante,” Ate Pia added.
The last story featured Joel, a delivery rider who was struggling to get his unpaid incentives from his agency. Despite repeated attempts to collect his payment, the company refused to pay him.
The producer’s cut revealed that Joel’s case is not isolated, as many of his co-riders also resigned due to the same complaint.
“I don’t think anyone disagrees that you’re entitled to the incentive. Kung nandoon sa kontrata, no questions asked [because] the contract is the law between the parties,” Kuya Alan said.
Acknowledging the absence of penalties for employers, the senators said they are considering implementing sanctions on employers who do not pay their employees on time.
Cayetano In Action with Boy Abunda is a continuation of ‘Compañero y Compañera,’ a legal advice program co-hosted by the late Senator Rene Cayetano — the father of Senators Alan and Pia — which aired on radio and later on TV from 1997 to 2001.
Watch how these two public servants help Filipinos in need every Sunday at 11:15 PM on GMA 7. Replays are shown on Saturdays at 10:30 PM on GTV.