Lino Cayetano has just recently become a family man, with a wife and a newly born baby demanding as much attention from him as the people of Taguig as their representative.
Now comes a television project he cannot refuse.
And there also is his concern for his older brother, Senator Alan Cayetano, who is being dragged in the widening pork barrel scandal.
How does he manage all that?
TIME MANAGEMENT. At the media launch last May 30 of the legal drama series Ipaglaban Mo, which is returning to ABS-CBN after 16 years, Lino Cayetano explained to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press that time is on his side.
“Si Direk Ruel [Bayani] is our business unit head, we had a long talk bago po ako nagsimula,” he said.
“At ang kagandahan sa Kongreso, yung schedule namin naka-set na yung calendar for the year.
“At dahil marami sa mga kasamahan namin ay mga kinatawan sa probinsiya, talagang it’s meant at the end of the week.
"Mahigit 300 kami at ang mga taga-Metro Manila, mga 40, karamihan umuuwi talaga ng probinsiya.
"So Friday, Saturday, Sunday, wala talagang session, so yun yung time usually that I consult with my district.”
He admitted that Ipaglaban Mo is a sensitive project that demands his full attention because it tackles legal issues.
The program features stories of people who have been involved in legal cases that have been resolved.
He said the production team is very strict about the script, "Kahit babaguhin ang isang salita, idadaan sa kanila.”
But he said that it takes only two days at the most to finish an episode, “Kukunin lang naman dito is isa o dalawang araw sa amin.
“Siguro sa isang buwan, ilang araw lang ang makukuha and then tulad niyan in one year tatlo o apat na buwan kaming naka-break.
“In two weeks, magsisimula na rin yung break ng Kongreso. One month din kaming break.
"So sa akin, it works and it complements each other as long as ganito ang show, mga weekly, hindi yung soap opera dahil medyo mahirap na gawin yung ganitong materyal.”
On the other hand, “Nakakatulong sa trabaho ko bilang congressman at palagay ko ang trabaho ko bilang congressman ay nakakatulong sa ganitong materyal, so it really complements each other.”
Apart from Lino Cayetano, the other directors of the weekly legal series are Eric Quizon, Ricky Rivero and Erik Salud.
PROUD FATHER. Last May 13, Lino and his wife, Fille Cainglet, a former Ateneo volleyball player, became proud parents of a baby boy they named Ino Philip.
He quipped that he could not wait to go home to see his son.
“Very, very happy. Hindi ko nga ma-describe o malagay sa salita ang feeling basta very happy,” he related when asked about the feeling of being a first-time father.
“Every day parang ibang klase yung saya ang nararamdaman ko pag nakikita ko [si Ino].”
The director also related how they came up his baby’s name.
“Gusto kasi ng wife ko, si Fille, Ino… ako naman gusto ko Philip.
“Tapos naisip namin, ‘Oo ‘no, ako gusto ko sounds like her name, siya gusto niya Ino kasi nga gusto niya kapangalan ko.'
"Mahal na mahal namin ang isat-isa, yun siguro ang rason.
“Ino ang gusto niya, Philip ang gusto ko. Pinagsama namin naging Ino Philip, pag pinagbaliktad mo, Philip Ino, mas maganda yung Ino Philip.”
HAPPY HUBBY. He said he considers himself lucky for having a very understanding wife.
“When I work, when I read my script, when I work in Congress, magkatabi kami.
“Minsan magkasama kami habang nagna-nurse siya, kasi she’s breastfeeding, katabi ko siya do’n.
“Talagang napakasuwerte ko sa asawa ko.
“Minsan I have to remind her nga na mas pagod siya sa akin, so siya dapat ang alagaan ko.
FAMILY CRISIS. The Cayetano family has become embroiled in the pork barrel controversy with the allegation of Janet Lim Napoles that she donated campaign funds to Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.
The senator denied Napoles’s charges.
When asked about the issue, Direk Lino answered calmly: “Hindi namin masyado binibigyan halaga at importansiya kasi kilala naming mabuti ang isat-isa.
“Kung mapapansin n’yo yung unang listahan sa pinakamahabang panahon, anim na buwan yata, wala siya [Senator Alan] at siya yung isa sa mga pinakaagresibong senador.”
He stressed that when his brother’s name was dragged in the issue, the older sibling immediately challenged the pertinent government agencies to release all proofs of his transactions.
“Nung nakita niya ang pangalan niya hinamon niya rin agad nang harap-harapan at hinamon niya rin lahat ng ahensiya na ilabas lahat ng transaksyon niya at sumulat sa CoA [Commission on Audit] na ilabas sa publiko lahat ng libro ng opisina niya.”
He also pointed out: “Pero ang napakainteresting do’n, nagsabi rin si Napoles na pagkatapos niyang ilabas yung mga bago niyang listahan, nagsabi rin siya na, ‘Lahat ng mga nabanggit ko, puwede bang huwag nang mag-take part sa hearing?’
"So nakita na naming ayaw niyang magsalita si Senator Cayetano sa hearing dahil simula’t sapul pa, si Senator cayetano is known to be aggressively [against] corruption.”