Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr and Jinggoy Estrada are set to do a movie together, while being detained inside the PNP custodial center at Camp Crame. This is after the two actor-senators have been denied petition to bail by the Sandiganbayan.
According to a source close to Cristy Fermin (manager of both Revilla and Estrada), the said film has a working title of “Tunay na Magkaibigan, Hanggang sa Huli” (Best Friends Until The End) and is set to be shown on December 25, 2015 for the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
The source, who requested anonymity, said that Bong and Jinggoy have accepted their fate in politics for now. And because both of them started their careers in showbiz, the upcoming movie will also serve as proof that movie fans still love them despite all the controversies.
As of posting, the names of their leading ladies are still under consideration, but Marian Rivera, Ann Curtis, KC Concepcion, and Bea Alonzo are already in the list. Former president and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Lorna Tolentino, Gabby Concepcion and Robin Padilla may portray cameo roles.
The story plot has not been finalized yet, but it is expected to be an action-drama movie. However, the source said that iconic writer-director Carlo J. Caparas is being invited to write the script and to direct the movie. A huge portion of the profit will be donated to Yolanda victims and families of local stuntmen.
While the Bong-Jinggoy movie is still far from reality, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, who is also the chairman of MMFF, said he welcomes the idea. He noted that it’s time to bring back action-drama movies, noting that it is not illegal for them to do a movie while in jail.
“We must remember that Robin (Padilla) did a movie in 1996 or 1997 inside the prison while serving his sentence for illegal weapons possession.” Tolentino said, referring to “Anak, Pagsubok Lamang” with Eva Cariño-Padilla (Robin’s real-life mother) played the role of his mother.
Meanwhile, the Sandiganbayan has yet to formally approve the movie. For Malacanang, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCCO) Secretary Sonny Coloma told reporters that President Noynoy Aquino has not been informed about it. However, he cited that the law should be strictly followed.
Based on the 2015 predictions for the Philippines, former Bayan Muna congressman Teddy Casino said that both Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada might be freed in 2015. Revilla is a huge potential to run for president in 2016 under the LAKAS party.
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