For obvious reason, Bong Revilla didn’t reprise his role of “Ang Panday” for 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Earlier, Bong turned down the movie offer of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) to depict the life of Felix Manalo, the INC founder. Bong missed these potential blockbuster movies because of his big involvement with the PDAF scam as a senator. Pilloried in public as a top notch thief of the “pork barrel “ scandal, it got him naked of the last vestiges of respectability. Bong chose not to participate in the 2013 MMFF derby as for sure his movie would tank in the box office. Movie fans would tend to snub his movie as their way to vent their anger. Loaded with the pork barrel stigma, Bong would appear fake too if he plays the role of the INC religious founder.
During the previous MMFF’s derby Vic Sotto and Bong Revilla work in tandem producing their film entries. Now that the scenario has been changed, Kris Aquino sensed she could probably make a deal with Vic Sotto to rest awhile his “Enteng” franchise and Co produce with her the movie “My Little Bossing” which starred her son Bimby Yap. Kris Aquino is right on the money with co-producing with Vic Sotto. “My Little Bossing” tops the box office in the 2013 MMFF.
The year 2013 is a double whammy for Bong Revilla. Years before he flew high with his “Panday” movie earnings and his secret kickbacks courtesy of Janet Lim Napoles. What goes around comes around, so they say.
Twice, 13 years apart, Jinggoy Estrada was charged of plunder. A double whammy too for Jinggoy. Jinggoy escaped from his first plunder charge, but the second one filed in 2013 is the most incriminating with truckloads of evidence. He attributed his jinx to
number 13. Joseph Estrada, his father, the 13th President of the Philippines was removed from office and convicted of plunder. One can read a subtext on Jinggoy’s claim he has been jinxed by the number 13. It is as if his involvement in the PDAF scam is nothing. It is just his bad luck with the number 13, that’s all, a way to bolster his claim of innocence.
The year 2013 the people witnessed the contest of privilege speeches of the two veteran lawmaker in the Senate; Miriam Defensor Santiago and Juan Ponce Enrile, (JPE). They dig each other mud and did their dirty laundry in the August Hall of the Senate. JPE got his double whammy too for 2013. Apart from the plunder charge, Sen. Miriam Santiago torpedoed JPE of his alleged involvement in car smuggling and illegal gambling operation in the Freeport of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) Also of illegal logging operation of San Jose Lumber and falsifying his Statement of Assets and Liabilities. In a formal letter, Sen. Miriam Santiago asked the Dept. Of Justice to investigate these malfeasance of her arch enemies.
Double whammy is the 2013’s apt word to describe the fate of three famous senators who had been in their heyday was at a pinnacle of enjoying people’s money for their own greed.