MANILA, Philippines – Despite being in prison for 15 long years, Hubert Webb was still able to find love.
In fact, four women became part of Webb’s life at the time, either his pals or family friends who came to visit him at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.
“The first one was a good friend of my mom, the daughter. Mga three years [naging kami],” Webb said in an interview on the ABS-CBN morning talk show “Kris TV,” where he and his father, former senator Freddie Webb, made a guest appearance.
“The second and third, most of the time they just visit and we got to know each other through the course of time,” he added.
Things began to get serious, however, when Hubert met his fourth girlfriend while in prison. While her name was not mentioned just like the others, the woman was described as a chef who is six years younger than he is.
“It’s like meeting someone you know you can spend the rest of your life with,” said Hubert, as “Kris TV” flashed pictures of him with his girlfriend.
His father said Hubert initially kept their relationship a secret from the family, explaining that the girl was “shy.”
“’Yung number four na ‘yan, matagal niyang tinago sa amin. ‘Pag dadating kami [sa kulungan], wala siya doon. Sabi ko, ‘Hubert, balita ko meron kang nililigawan and she comes here when we’re not around,’” the elder Webb shared.
“Mahiyain ‘yung girl. It took time, like maybe a month, and then sumasama na sa pagkain namin.”
The ex-senator praised the girl for being serious about the relationship despite his son’s situation. But Hubert, who was still in prison at the time, would rather not tie the knot just yet.
“Ang gusto ng girl magpakasal na sila. Ayaw ni Hubert kasi ang iniisip ni Hubert, ‘paano tayo magpapakasal, hindi ko alam kung kailan ako lalabas dito sa kulungan?’ And ayaw ko na magkaanak ako na dadalhin dito na nasa kulungan ako. Maghintay ka ‘pag nakalaya na ako, at saka tayo mag-usap ng kasalan,’” the older Webb explained.
“And the girl could not wait that long. They were together for four and a half to five years.”
Now, two years since getting his freedom back, Hubert is still hesitant about getting married, saying that he is only concerned about his future family.
“For now, my principle has always been the same. You have to be able to provide for the girl, etc. While I’m still looking for something to provide for my future family, ganoon na rin ang situation namin,” he said.
Aside from being thankful to his girlfriend for loving him for who he is, Hubert also expressed happiness that her family has accepted him as well.
“Yes, they’ve accepted me na rin. Of course, it takes time. I can’t blame them,” he said.
In 2010, Hubert and five others were acquitted on the much publicized Vizconde massacre case that took place in June 1991, ending years of their burden of being incarcerated.