Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada will not be crafting laws in jail but he will learn a new craft: making loom bracelets.
Since electronic gadgets and appliances are not allowed inside his detention cell, Estrada said he will turn to making the colorful bracelets to kill time.
He admitted that his wife Precy has been trying to teach him how to make loom bands but he is yet to master it.
“If there will be no other things to do inside the jail, I might request a loom band-making kit as a way to keep me busy while in detention,” Estrada said at the weekly Kapihan sa Senado news forum on Thursday.
Loom bands are woven multi-colored bracelets made from rubber bands. They are very popular among children and teenagers as well as celebrities.
Estrada said although loom band-making is a girl thing, he may consider joining the craze if it would help him kill time in jail.
The senator expects that his situation at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center will differ from his experience in 2001 when he was first incarcerated after he was named as co-accused in the P4.097-billion plunder case of his father, former President Joseph Estrada.
Back then, he said, he was able to watch teleseryes or soap operas because he was allowed to have a television set inside his cell.
Estrada recalled that he was allowed to exercise three times a week and watch television. If he is brought to the PNP Custodial Center, he said his activities may be limited to eating, sleeping and making loom bracelets.
“The only downside is that I have no one to sell my bracelets to because I would only have two inmates there,” Estrada quipped, referring to senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr., who are also facing plunder and other graft charges in connection with their alleged involvement in the pork barrel fund scandal.
Senators will not be missed
Estrada said he would only miss senators Nancy Binay and Vicente Sotto 3rd because they were kind to him.
There are six senators belonging to the minority bloc—Estrada, Enrile, Binay, Sotto, Gregorio Honasan and Joseph Victor Ejercito.
Estrada said he will also miss hearing Mass at Baclaran Church, a devotion that he started in 2002.
But what he will miss most, he noted, is his family.
“This is the price that I have to pay. From the very start [when]I entered politics I know that this is already a dirty game but I will not give up the fight,” the senator said.
“To all those who have been criticizing and attacking me, you will not be the reason for me to give up the fight,” he added.