Jinggoy hints he might become vice-president

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2012 04:40 PM | Updated as of Dec 02 2012 02:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada has hinted that he might follow in the footsteps of his father and become a future vice-president.

Speaking at the oath taking of allies under the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, Jinggoy noted how his father, former president Joseph Estrada, would often describe him as his copycat.

He said that like his father, he also became a mayor of San Juan City, a senator and even a Best Actor awardee.

He then noted his father was also elected vice-president. "Kayo na lang bahala kung anong susunod dun," he said.

Jinggoy even made fun of his detention for alleged plunder, along with his father, right after the so-called EDSA Dos revolt. Jinggoy was acquitted in the plunder charge while his father was convicted.

The former president was later pardoned by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

The younger Estrada said detention was something he had to endure. He noted that a small lady, referring to Mrs. Arroyo, is now the one in prison.

Jinggoy also said he felt intimidated after he won a seat in the Senate especially after seeing his fellow senators such as Juan Ponce Enrile, Joker Arroyo, Miriam Defensor Santiago and Franklin Drilon.

He joked that he felt better after seeing fellow actor, Lito Lapid, in the Senate. "Kaya ko 'to. Wag niyo naman ako isumbong. Joke lang yun," he said.

Jinggoy earlier said he would be “very, very honored” if he is chosen to be the running-mate of Vice-President Jejomar Binay in the 2016 election. The vice-president has made no secret of his desire to run for president in 2016 but has yet to choose a running mate.