Wow, so another child-of-notorious-person has emerged as the Achilles Heel of said notorious person. I’m talking about Jolo Estrada, son of Senator Jinggoy Estrada who is now in prison for his (alleged) involvement in the pork barrel scam. First it was Jeane Lim Napoles whose blog gained instant fame (or infamy) when people had that Eureka! moment of linking the glam lifestyle she posts in living color with her mom’s “real job” in the Philippines. Now it’s Jolo who got his Instagram photos screencapped before he could blink out his account from public eyes.What a nightmare for poor Jolo. He’s now the most recent kid suffering because of his parents’ sins. Then again, he did enjoy the glam life because of his father’s sins. Oh, sorry, alleged sins. My bad! You really have to be careful. Innocent until proven guilty and all that jazz…
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On second look, actually, I did notice that those casino chips he was holding in one of the photos are actually just P500 chips. Yeah, as in Philippine pesos. I count ten of those chips in his hands, so that’s P5,000 in all. The caption on the photo reveals that this stash represents his winnings for the night (he’s definitely no high roller and does admit that he “don’t do this often”). And Jolo goes further to announce what he plans to spend it on: “Free drinks for me tonight!”
That really doesn’t come across as very ostentatious to me. P5,000 winnings to be spent on drinks. I just hope it’s drinks among friends not just on his own though! And if we look closely at the photos of his Manila Hotel room “for the weekend”, I’m thinking, So What? It’s not like other ordinary (well, upper middle class) folks check into the Manila Hotel every now and then for a much-deserved and rare splurge. For all we know that’s all it was. And the LV shoes? Come now. I see a lot of ladies who are mukhang ale sporting LV handbags while riding da tren to Calamba. Nothing special about that either.
What is quite an eye-opener though, in my opinion, is that snap of Jolo and a pal in what appears to be a private jet. Is it a private jet nga ba? And were they actually flying in it, or just posing in it the way many of us pose for a selfie in front of a shiny Porsche or Ferrari parked on a street corner we happen to be walking by? That interior might even be just the interior of a well-outfitted boat or luxury van or something.
Maybe we should give Jolo the benefit of the daw. We can only rely now on this shady website “BV-Patrol.com” which claims that these photos are Jolo’s, daw. In fairness, however, you gotta ask why Jolo’s Instagram account has since gone dark. Something to hide, perhaps?
Well, he’s a 17 year old kid, daw. So, c’mon folks, what’s a 17 y.o. to do when your dad is a Philippine Senator? All the other politicians’ sons and daughters (and most of us know and are friends with at least one or two of them) may as well shut down their social media accounts as well if this is gonna be the way things are from now on.
Lucky for us, “Selfie” was not even a word yet during the time my friends and I would be galivanting around town as teenagers on the weekends. One of my friends happened to be the daughter of a politician. Gives me the shivers thinking of how this could happen to someone I personally know. I mean it’s not as if Jinggoy is any different from any other Senator. Unless I’m missing something, most if not all Senators are rich, after all, and their kids pretty much all live a nice life. Just because they might own nice clothes does not necessarily make them bad people.
Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.