Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada celebrated his 80th birthday Wednesday night at the Manila Hotel with President Rodrigo Duterte and then President and now Pampanga lawmaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in attendance.
Photos from Duterte’s special assistant, Christopher “Bong” Go, showed that Duterte shared the table with the birthday celebrant and other political figures.
Seated on the same table were former Vice President Jejomar Binay, then first lady and now Ilocos Norte lawmaker Imelda Marcos, former senators Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Juan Ponce Enrile, former Speaker Jose de Venecia and former first gentleman Mike Arroyo.
Estrada’s son, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, was also present after the Sandiganbayan allowed his attendance. The younger Estrada is detained at the custodial center in Camp Crame in Quezon City in connection with a multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.
Before heading to Estrada’s birthday celebration, Duterte teased the former that he will put back him to jail anew.
Prior to his remark, he recalled how Estrada once vented frustration on his being “low class.”
“Erap, that foolish one, is waiting for me because it’s his birthday now,” he said at the grand launch of Cine Lokal in Pasay City late Wednesday evening.
Estrada’s birthday party was not the first after Duterte became president.
On April 5, the President attended the birthday bash of Arroyo at her house in La Vista, Quezon City.
- President Rodrigo Duterte (second from left) sits beside Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (left) who celebrated his 80th birthday at the Manila Hotel Wednesday night. To the left of Duterte are Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos and former vice president Jejomar Binay. PHOTO COURTESY OF SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT CHRISTOPHER ‘BONG’ GO