Jinggoy Estrada relives his friendship with Rudy Fernandez in "Magkaibigan"

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After losing best friend Rudy Fernandez,Senator Jinggoy Estrada said that he still has constant communication withhis two other friends, Senator Bong Revilla and Phillip Salvador. "Sa amin naman nina Bongat saka ni Phillip, araw-araw pa rin naman kaming nagtatawagan atnagkukumustahan. Lalung-lalo na siSenator Bong, araw-araw kaming nagkikita sa trabaho."


Actor-politician Jinggoy Estrada talked about his best friendRudy Fernandez when he took the hot seat in Showbiz Central's "CentralJury" last Sunday, December 14.

Almost six months after the death of Rudy, whosuccumbed to periampullary cancer, Jinggoy said that he misses his friendso much.

"Siyempre, kahit papaano, anim na buwan ding wala si Rudy,nami-miss ko rin dahil during our friendship, halos araw-araw kamingnagtatawagan at kailanman ay hindi ako iniwanan no'n," said Jinggoy.

What are the things that he misses about Rudy?

"'Yong kanyang mga tawa, 'yong kanyang advices sa akin. Kapag may kalokohan naman, 'yon angnami-miss namin."

As a tribute to his best buddy, Jinggoy stars in the MetroManila Film Festival (MMFF) entry Magkaibigan, which is inspired by his friendship with Rudy.

"'Yong pagkakagawa namin ng pelikula, siyempre may masaya,may malungkot, kasi isa ito sa mga tunay na kasaysayan. Inimbita ko pa rin si Lorna [Tolentino, Rudy's wife] para panoorin'yong last shooting days kung saan medyo delikado 'yong mga eksena. Nandoon si Lorna, pero hindi siya nanood ngeksena," Jinggoy said about their experience in filming the movie.

How did he handle the dramatic scenes in the movie?

Jinggoy said it was not that hard anymore.

"Na-experience ko na'yon sa tunay na buhay, e. So, iniisipko na lang si Rudy 'yong kaeksena ko."

OPPOSING CHAIRMAN FERNANDO. Meanwhile, "Central Jury"hosts Rufa MaeQuinto and DJ Mo Twister asked Senator Jinggoy about his decision tojoin the MMFF this year although he is very open in his disappointmentwith Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman BayaniFernando, who also currently handles MMFF.

The actor-politician explained, "Well, I've been very, veryvocal about it since last year. Afterthe awards night, sinabi ko, kailangan siguro ibalik ng government 'yongpamamahala sa movie industry doon sa mga taga-industriya ng pelikulangPilipino.

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"Kaya naman ako gumawa ulit, it's a tribute to my friendRudy Fernandez and, ako, gusto ko rin tumulong sa members of the movieindustry. Alam naman natingnaghihikahos na ang ating industry. So,in my own little way, gusto ko ring tumulong sa kanila."

OLD RIFT WITH GOMA. The "Central Jury" asked about his other friends with whom he had a misunderstanding before, likeRichard Gomez.

"Wala na," the actor replied.

He clarified the old issue with Richard. "'Yong kayRichard naman, tapos na 'yon, tapos na 'yon. It's a closed book already, I've already apologized to him after theincident. Actually, kinuha ko pa siyangkumpare sa bunso kong anak. Everything's okay between us. Kapag nagkikita kami, ‘pare' na ang tawagan namin."

KILLER QUESTION. On the last part of the segment, Jinggoy was asked to choosebetween the "Killer Question" and the "Killer Task." At first, he chose both by saying, "Sabay-sabayin na natin ito."However, he changed his mind after reading the "Killer Task"

For the "Killer Question," Showbiz Central asked him,"Parang magkapatid na ang turingan ninyong magkakaibigan, pero minsan mo na ringnakaaway si Senator Bong. Kung ikaw angpapipiliin, sino sa kanila ngayon ni Phillip Salvador ang masasabi mong maspinagkakatiwalaan mo?"

He gave a short laugh and said, "Rudy Fernandez! Biro lang."

Then, seriously, he answered, "Unang-una, pareho ko silangkaibigan, so pareho ko silang pinagkakatiwalaan. Kaya 'yong mga problema nila sine-share nila sa akin, problema kosine-share ko rin sa kanila. Kayapantay-pantay lang sila.

"Sinabi ko naman doon sa eulogy no'ng last day niDaboy, noong nakaburol siya, wala na akong puwedeng sabihan ng mgasikreto. Pati nga asawa ko hindi ko nasasabihan, kayRudy ko lang nasasabi, kasi hindi ako nagtitiwala sa dalawa [Bong andPhillip]. Ang mahirap, wala na si Daboy, wala na rin choice," saidJinggoy.

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