Sen. Estrada’s senseless tirade against former CJ Davide


Sen. Jinggoy Estrada

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada

I can’t believe the gall of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, an ambitious and arrogant actor-politician, who in the course of endorsing the One Cebu Party candidates during the proclamation rally in Toledo City, took time in unleashing a verbal tirade at former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.

Estrada was campaigning for the candidacy of suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia for congresswoman in the third district to replace Rep. Pablo John “PJ” Garcia who is running for governor against former Cebu City councilor Hilario “Junjun” Davide III of the Liberal Party and son of the former CJ.

The bad thing is that he has forgotten that the Davides are much loved in this part of the country than the Estradas are.

Everybody is aware that Jinggoy has an axe to grind against the older Davide, as he has spoken about it time and again during the Corona impeachment trial and you can read between the lines his hatred against the former CJ when the latter administered the oath to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Jan. 20, 2001, thus, validating the presidency of Arroyo and sealing the fate that Jinggoy’s father, Joseph “Erap” Estrada had been ousted.

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.

What made it rancorous to the younger Estrada is that it was Erap who appointed Davide to become the 20th Chief Justice of the Philippines.

And so to this day, he holds that grudge to the extent that he has declared a personal war against the Davides, dissuading the Cebuano electorate from voting for the son as governor of Cebu.

“Kung ano po ang puno siya na rin ang bunga. Kaya huwag po natin iboboto ang katunggali ni PJ Garcia,” Jinggoy said. (Whatever the tree is, so should be the fruit. That is why we should not vote for PJ Garcia’s opponent.)

It is another way of saying that a good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.

How queer, but wasn’t he talking about himself when he said that? Isn’t ERap more appropriately identified as the bad tree?

There is simply no comparison between the Davides and the Estradas, either intellectually or as individuals.

If not for their fame as movie celebrities coupled with the Filipino masses’ penchant for idolatry, the Estradas should not have gone far in politics.

They do better acting in the movies than being public servants in the national scene.



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