Estrada, ‘Alfredo Lim as Harry Fatter’ cross paths in media forum

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Former President Joseph Estrada. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Joseph Estrada had a fun time crossing paths anew with his “rival” to the Manila mayoral post on Monday, but the familiar white-haired “Dirty Harry”-inspired persona has turned into “Harry Fatter,” a health wellness advocate.

“Madumi daw ang Maynila, eh wala tayong magagawa. Kaya nga Dirty Harry ang tawag sa akin. Pero may wellness program tayo para sa Maynila. Kapag malusog na ko, pwede nyo na kong tawaging Harry Fatter (They say Manila is dirty, and we can’t do anything about it, that’s why they call me Dirty Harry. But we have a wellness program for Manila. If I gain weight, you can call me Harry Fatter),” comic impersonator Willie Nepomuceno, who was mimicking incumbent Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, said.

Estrada had criticized the health services and the rise of gun-snatching cases in the city in a media forum that turned into a stand-up comedy when Nepomuceno showed up in character as Estrada’s rival, “Alfredo Lim.”  The real incumbent Mayor Lim, a former police general and former head of the National Bureau of Investigation, has enjoyed being nicknamed “Dirty Harry” — the Clint Eastwood crime-fighting character — for his tough stance on crime. But on Monday, Nepomuceno showed up looking exactly like Lim, only this time, he introduced himself as “Harry Fatter,” with interests in wellness.

“I’m here to answer the lies and accusations from my rival,” said Nepomuceno who was sporting white hair and sunglasses in Lim’s likeness, eliciting laughter from the media practitioners in the weekly Kapihan sa Diamond Hotel.

Nepomuceno cracked jokes about the peace and order situation in Manila and “Lim’s” transformation from “Dirty Harry” to “Harry Fatter.” He again quipped about Estrada’s plunder conviction (the penalty for which did not take effect when previous president Gloria Arroyo pardoned Estrada), and the City Hall’s mounting debts under Lim.

“There is peace and order in Manila. Because of my order, the criminals are now in peace. Nananahimik na sila,” Nepomuceno as “Lim” joked.

In an interview with reporters, Estrada was asked to comment on cases of suspects in Manila being killed for reportedly grabbing the gun of policemen.

“Paiimbestigahan natin kung talaga bang nang-agaw. Kung nakagapos na, papapatay mo pa, that’s a violation of human rights,” he said.

Earlier, Estrada criticized Lim’s administration for not providing Manila’s six hospitals with enough medicines and equipment.  The former president called for improving the barangay (village) health centers.

“Marami ngang ospital, pero kulang naman sa equipment at gamot. Dapat palakasin ang mga health centers sa barangay para ang mga may minor sickness hindi nagsisiksikan sa ospital, instead of maintaining six hospitals na malaking budget ang kailangan (There are indeed many hospitals here but they are short on equipment and medicines. The barangay health centers must be strengthened so that they could accommodate those with minor sickness and prevent overcrowding in major hospitals, instead of maintaining six hospitals with huge budgetary requirements),” Estrada said.

“Pero andyan na yan, alagaan na lang at bigyan ng budget. Katulad na lang ng Ospital ng Tondo, hindi pa rin gawa ang elevator (But the hospitals are there; let’s just take care of them and given them budgets.  For example the Ospital ng Tondo still has no working elevator),” he said.

The Manila City Council recently scrapped the mayor’s intelligence fund worth P191.5 million and slashed the Office of the Mayor’s budget from P198 million to P117 million. The money was realigned to the capital outlay of the six hospitals.

Estrada shrugged off the report linking his son, United Nationalist Alliance senatorial candidate JV Ejercito, to an offshore account in the British Virgin Islands. “It’s part of an operation to discredit UNA candidates,” he said.

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism said in its report, “Although they may not be breaking any laws per se, politicians and public officials with ties to secret offshore corporations are regarded rather dimly by advocates of good governance” because these can be used to hide wealth and financial transactions.

“We do not accept suspicions. There’s nothing illegal bakit ngayon lang lumabas (why did that report surface only now)? Kasi malapit na eleksyon at si JV ay among top-ranking candidates (It’s because the elections are near and JV is among the top-ranking candidates for senator. It’s a smear campaign against UNA),” Estrada said.

Nepomuceno invited the public to this Music Museum show, “Epal: The Musical,” on April 12 and 13. And as a gift to Estrada, who will turn 76 on April 19, Nepomuceno gave him a black T-shirt bearing the words, “An epal a day, makes dynasties stay!”

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  • nes911

    Sirang plaka na si erap. No sensible thing to say. Mukang nakainom na naman. No to estrada dynasty.

    • Luthmar

      Hindi po sya lasing. Sadyang ganyan sya magsalita kasi he is a no brainer. Laman ng utak nyan abo,

  • mangtom

    nes911:anong mukhang nakainum na naman? Laging lasing yan. Makita mo naman sa kanyang mukha-not sober at all. Mas bata siya kay Lim in years, pero mas matanda siya kay Lim sa “looks”. He actually looks like hel! One foot is in the grave and the other is on a banana peel.

  • Peter Lim

    Only in the Philippines!!! Saan ka nakakitang ex-con pinayagan mag kadidato & no read no write kasale rin!!! Ha! Ha! Ha!

  • Luthmar

    Admit it already that your son JV is hiding money in the Virigin Islands on your behalf.
    The other day that JV sounded like Corona. He would show his SALN if the other candidates will do the same. Did he go to the same school as Corona.

  • yxoiyiu

    kapag nanalo si erap, siguradong hindi niya popondohan ang lahat ng projects ni lim, katulad ng ilang hospital na tinayo ni mayor lim during his term, kaya siguradong lalong maraming mahihirap na taga-tondo ang mamatay dahil sa sakit at kakulangan ng gamot.

    naglagay dati ng swimming pool si president erap sa isang reclamation area at pinakita sa tv na masayang nagsu-swimming ang mga bata. ang katuwiran ni erap, “bakit mayayaman lang ba ang may swimming pool?” kinabukasan pala ay sarado na ang swimming pool, ayon sa libro ni prof. lacquian na dating executive secretary ni erap.

    magandang pakinggan na re-repairin ni erap ang elevator ng Ospital ng Tondo, pero kapag siya ang naging manila mayor ay siguradong hindi niya rin maipapagawa ang elevator dahil mas kailangang gamitin ang pondo sa ibang priority projects.

  • Luthmar

    Look who is talking. What did you do to Dacer and Corbito?

  • eltee2012

    >>>Noon sabi ni Estrada kulang na kulang ang health centers at ospital sa maynila. Ngayon naman sinabi niya “marami ngang ospital at health centers” pero kulang na kulang sa mga gamot.

    >>>sabi rin ni Erap ..”kailangan ma-improve ang mga barangay health centers”. Ibig sabihin, naniniwala rin siya hindi kulang ang mga health centers sa Manila. Ang kailangan ay budget.

    >>>sabi pa ni Erap..”paimbestigahan niya ang pagkamatay ng salarin ( sumagasa at sumaksak sa girl friend) na nang-agaw ng baril sa pulis”. Bakit sasayangin ni Erap ang pera ng bayan at panahon sa ganitong bagay, para magpa=pogi points. MAS POPOGI POINTS SI ERAP KUNG PALALAKIHIN AT IPAAYOS NIYA ANG MANILA CITY JAIL, NAGKAKAPATONG-PATONG NA MGA KRIMINAL DOON. PAPAANO NA KUNG MAKULONG ANG KATULAD NIYA. KUNG SABAGAY PAROLADO NGA PALA SIYA.

  • Noel

    I wonder how much Willie Nepomuceno was paid for showing up impersonating Mayor Lim. If I were Team Pnoy, I would also hire Willie to show up as Erap endorsing the Pnoy candidates in a rally.

  • AllaMo

    Tsk, tsk. Willie nep, you have just lowered the bar on suck-ups and toadies. Trust you have fun with your thirty pieces of filthy lucre.

  • Simplify1

    Convicted plunderer, babaero, lasengo, sugarol, sinugaling na magnanakaw mananalo sa mayor of manila? The premier city of the Philippines?? papano ngayon huhulihin sa maynila ang mga magnanakaw kung yung mayor isang ex-con na presidenteng magnanakaw??

    • Concur_Dissent

      Pagmanalo si ERAP, oras na may mahuling magnanakaw sa maynila…hihingi yun tiyak ng “PARDON”! Bakit daw ika si mayor mas malaking halagang pera na umabot ng daang milliones, ninakaw sa pinas binigyan ng pardon, dapat may PARDON din sa mga magnanakaw sa maynila basta lang hindi aabutin ng higit pa sa ninakaw ni ERAP ang halaga ng ninakaw…. exempted sa pardon oras na lalagpas, kasi sobra na yun!

      • Simplify1

        oo nga naman…. bakit nga ba hindi bibigyan ng pagkakataon yung small time na magnanakaw samantalang yung bigtime magnanakaw binigyan ng PARDON!! PAANO NA NATIN SASAGUTIN ETO MGA TAGA MAYNILA??

      • Concur_Dissent

        HINDI NA RIN PWEDENG HULIHIN ANG MGA LASENGO NA DISTURBING THE PEACE KASI TOMADOR SI MAYOR…PWEDE NG DRINKING DURING LUNCHTIME MGA EMPLEYADO NG CITYHALL…

        PWEDE NA RIN MAG SUGAL NG GARAPALAN AT HINDI NA KAILAGAN YANG PA BINGO-BINGO PA! VICE MAYOR ISKO, CONGRATS! MARUNONG KA PIPILI NG KAKAMPIHAN! TULOY NA LIGAYA NG MGA PA-RAFFLE AT PABINGO!!

        MGA TAGA MAYNILA, MAGSIMULA NA TAYONG MANGHIKAYAT NG MGA MAGAGANDANG DILAG SA MAYNILA KASI BUBUHAYIN NAMIN NI MAYOR ANG ERMITA AS “TOURIST CAPITAL” OF THE PHILIPPINES!!

        GAGAWA TAYO NG BATAS SA TULONG NI MAYOR NA HUHULIHIN LAHAT NG MGA MISIS NA NAKIKIPAGAWAY SA KALAGUYO NI MISTER. MGA KAWAWANG NUMBER 1 ANG “DISTURBING THE PEACE NGAYON”!! SILA NUMBER 2, NUMBER 3, NUMBER 4, ETC ETC AT MGA ANAK MAGSAMA-SAMA NA TAYO SA ISANG BAHAY!!

  • indiosbravos2002

    Halata naman bayad yong pasok ni Willie Nep. Erap should be informed that politics is no laughing matter. Halata talaga na di nya sineseryoso ever ang public service. Corrupt na matanda.

    • Guest

      Kayo diyan sa Manila, mag LIm na kayo, wag lang Erap. Mapapariwara ang
      Maynila kay Erap.

  • nes911

    Plataporma ang gustong madinig ng mga taga maynila hindi batikos at personalan.

  • imongredneck

    “Harry Fatter – Mayor of Manila”. “Convicted plunderer – Mayor of Manila”. Make choice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002412025550 Jesus Salamat Valerio

    try to emulate a sportmanship in election….keep on counting.

  • Guest

    Marami pang kayamanan si Erap, nakapangalan lang kay Jinggoy at JV Ejercito. Magbayad ka na ng utang Ex. President Erap.

  • Guest

    Huwag sabihin ni Erap na ubos na kinulimbat niya noon sa gobyerno. Bilyon yon ha ubos agad?

  • Guest

    Pasalamat nga si Erap di siya nakakakulong. Pero ngayon nakalaya siya aba’y magbayad naman siya ng utang. Mahiya siya sa balat niya.

  • disqusted0fu

    This is exactly why show business should never mix with politics. We appreciate the jokes and the entertainment but leave that to the showbiz industry. That’s not what we are looking for from government officials. That’s pretty much what we’re getting from the President, we don’t need the senators to be the same.

  • gerp

    haayz daming haters d2 hehe…senysa na kau…mga botante ni erap walang tym magbasa d2 sa i-net dahil wala sila nun…punta na lang kayo ng maynila at mag campaign against kay erap… tignan na lang natin kung anu mangyari sa inyo hahaha…

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