Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada shaved his moustache off upon the request of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
Estrada, on the online talk show “Sara All For You” on Wednesday, admitted that it was Duterte who personally asked him to remove his beard to make him look a lot younger and handsome.
“Actually, totoo po ‘yan mga kababayan. Hindi niya gusto na meron akong bigote dahil nagmumukha akong brusko at matanda,” Estrada said. “Nung sinabi niya sa akin ‘yun, agad-agad kong tinanggal ang aking bigote.”
Duterte, who is running for vice president in this year’s elections, jested how Estrada’s moustache distracts her while they are talking and can’t understand what he is saying.
Estrada, who is running for a senate comeback, said had he met Mayor Sara in the early 1990s, he would have definitely requested producers to take her as his leading lady.
“Kung nakilala ko kayo nung early 90’s or 1995, hindi ko palalampasin na kunin na, kahit hindi marunong umarte, tatangkilikin ka parin at madadaan naman sa workshop,” Estrada said.
On a serious note, Estrada said he spends his time lately connecting with people online and extending assistance, mostly medical needs, through his ‘Wish Upon a Jing’ segment on his Facebook page.
The family, he said, gave away his mother’s Bangus harvest to the people of San Juan, instead of letting the unsold goods go to naught.
“Nung panahon ng pandemic, walang bumibili. Hindi kami makabenta dun sa Navotas. Ang ginawa ng nanay ko, pina-harvest nalang yun at ibibigay ko nalang daw sa nangangailangan,” he said.
He added: “We observed the safety protocols. Ibig sabihin, naka face mask po lahat kami, naka-PPE, and we observed social distancing. So marami pong nakinabang sa pamimigay namin ng bangus at isda.”
Asked about his legislative and highlights when he was senator for 12 years, the Uniteam senatorial bet said he never incurred absences in all Senate activities.
Absences may look like a betrayal to the mandate of trust entrusted by the people, he added.
Estrada served two terms as a Senator of the Philippines from 2004 to 2016 and filed 617 bills, most of them were passed into law such as the landmark “Kasambahay” Law and the Special Program for Employment of Students laws.
“I filed the Kasambahay Law Bill kasi itong mga kasambahay, parang ito yung mga neglected sectors of our society. Humigit kumulang mga tatlong milyong kasambahay ang kasalukuyang nakikinabang sa batas na ito,” he said.
“For the Special Program for Employment of students, ito po yung batas na nagbibigay ng trabaho para sa ating mga kabataan, lalong lalo na po yung out of school youth. Tuwing summer, pwede sila magtarabaho sa iba’t ibang establishments, bibigyan sila ng voucher para yung voucher na yun, pwede nila gamitin sa kanilang pag aaral,” he added.