The surprise inclusion of brothers Jinggoy Estrada and JV Ejercito in the "Magic 12" (Jinggoy at 5-12 and JV at 6-13) in the latest Pulse Asia survey for "senatoriables" is due to their father Erap's unsinkable popularity.
Erap is a living icon and legend and the only one who can match or surpass his charisma with the masses is Digong Duterte.
I've known Erap for many years, our friendship dating back to the martial law era. He was and still is my drinking buddy.
I'll tell you an anecdote about Erap which shows why he is a natural or one who holds no pretentiousness.
Ladies, gentlemen, and children, the following story is definitely R-rated. Ladies, you have been warned. Children in the audience need an adult present for permission to read on.
Ita-Taglish ko ang anecdote upang mas may impact sa ating mga Pinoy.
One night when he was still a senator, inimbita ko si Erap sa Impierno Disco, isang girlie bar along Mabini St., Ermita, Manila some time in 1990. If memory serves, kasama namin si Tony Gana, one of Erap's closest friends at the time.
At Impierno, which was near the defunct Ambassador Hotel, the girls performing on stage danced naked.
Nasa table kami na nakadikit sa mahabang stage kung saan pumaparada ang mga babaeng hubo't hubad.
Tandang-tanda ko pa, like it happened only yesterday: We were already tipsy when we came to Impierno and were taken to the choice table.
While we were having Erap's former favorite whiskey, Old Parr, the girl on stage noticed Erap.
The girl's stage name was Jollibee, tall and slim and pretty. Malago ang kanyang bulbol. I'd never seen such bushy pubic hair before.
Pagtapat sa table namin, binunot ni Jollibee ang kanyang bulbol, yumuko ng konti at ibinudbud ang mga ito sa baso ni Erap.
Everybody inside the bar was stunned!
You know what Erap did? He drank from the glass full of the girl's pubic hair.
That brought the house down.
Nakita ko si Erap spitting out some of the hairs and those he could not spit out he picked with his fingers from his tongue.
And then he refilled his glass with more whiskey.
The scene was repeated. Jollibee again pulled out her bulbol and ibinudbod uli sa baso ni Erap.
Again, Erap drank it and repeated the process of getting rid of the bulbol.
Again, an uproar from fellow customers!
There and then I realized Joseph Ejercito Estrada, aka Erap, would handily win if he ran for president, which was still years away.