Ariel Ureta bares truth about ML 'bike punishment'

Posted at 09/21/2012 4:54 PM | Updated as of 09/21/2012 11:29 PM

Radio and television host Ariel Ureta

MANILA, Philippines – There is no truth to the urban legend that radio and television host Ariel Ureta was made to bike around Camp Crame for allegedly making a jest out of a state slogan at the time when the country was under martial rule.

“Hindi ako pinabisikleta pero na-rumor na pina-bisikleta ako,” Ureta clarified during ABS-CBN’s morning show, Umagang Kay Ganda on Friday.

The issue allegedly began when Ureta made a joke about a serious government slogan during martial law.

“Noong nagumpisa ang martial law, sa TV every five minutes ata sinasabi na ‘Sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disiplina ang kailangan’. Takot na takot kami sa disiplinang kailangan,” he said.

He said it was actually one of the boys in the studio, and not him, who changed the slogan into “Sa Ikauunlad ng bayan, bisikleta ang kailangan’. But he repeated what he heard to a friend.

“Hindi akin yun, in fairness. So ikinuwento ko kay Bong Lapira. Sabi ko, 'Bong sabi nung bata, sa ikauunlad ng bayan, bisikleta ang kailangan.' So tawanan ng tawanan. Kumalat na yun,” he said.

He explained that at that time, anyone could get arrested and punished for rumor mongering.

“Ano raw? Si Ariel may sabi! Alam naman nilang di ako dadamputin kasi cute ako dati,” he said. “Actually, wala (punishment). Naipakalat lang nila na pinagbisikleta ako. But then at that time, it was cute. It was funny. Ok lang,” he said.

That part of his history was unearthed after the other hosts of ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda, prodded Ureta to finally shed light on what really happened.

“Buti iklinaro mo sapagkat hanggang ngayon ay naniniwala kami sa kwento ng aming magulang na ikaw ay pinagbisikleta sa kampo,” said Anthony Taberna.