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Bong Revilla out to prove worth in Senate



From a non-showbiz standpoint, if there’s one remarkable thing Filipinos my age owe Senator Bong Revilla Jr., it’s his pursuing anew his Senate bill which seeks to reduce the age required of a would-be senior citizen.

Before his arrest and eventual detention in June 2014 for his alleged involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, pending was Revilla’s bill which would have lowered the senior age from 60 to 55.

Vignettes chanced upon the solon’s recent guesting on an online showbiz program, a day before he marked his 53rd birthday. In his revived bill, Revilla said he’d strongly lobby for age 56.

Among others, he reasoned out the lifespan of Filipinos is getting shorter these days.

A self-confessed critic of Revilla, since his plunder case all the way after he won a seat again at the Senate, whose heart won’t soften on the actor-politician with his pro-elders bill?

Admittedly, our then-anti-Bong stance had regrettably strained a friendship rarely found in showbiz with a former TV co-worker close to his family. While there no longer exists enmity between us, bringing back the closeness spanning more than a decade would never be the same as it was.

Sen. Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr.

Of course, it doesn’t take one authored bill to undo things and make him an off-cam hero. Revilla, who landed on a precarious spot during the last elections, shouldn’t gladden his spirit.

The charming lawmaker needs to prove he’s vote-worthy in the eyes of his fault-finding critics.

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GUESS WHO? Staffers of a TV production were wondering about the presence of a very popular actress (VPA) on the set of its ongoing project when she wasn’t even part of it.

“The taping took place at the ground floor of a hotel,” our source said, “where we saw VPA intently looking at the drama actor (DA, cast in the teleserye) at work. We all thought she was just around to say ‘hi’ to him. Yun pala, she came down from the second floor which houses a casino.”

Soon enough, the production had to take a break giving VPA the opportunity to speak with DA in private. “Kamusta?” the actor privy to the VPA’s gaming ways asked. “Tough luck,” the VPA lamented, “Do you have extra money I can borrow?”

Scratching his head, DA told VPA that all that he had in his wallet was P4,000 for his gas expenses. “Can we split it in half?” VPA said to which DA — as if he had a choice — agreed. VPA hurriedly left.

Minutes later, VPA returned only to borrow the remaining P2,000.

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This female personality (FP) would set a quota to meet her daily earnings of P2,000 from whatever source. It was no surprise as she moved around with her driver for her showbiz engagements, with children to support their needs notwithstanding.

It was one late evening when FP’s take-home earnings were short of P500 which she had to raise before heading for home. As her car was plying along Edsa, the streamer of a nightclub in flashing neon lights struck her.

That night’s stage performer happened to be a then-popular dancer-actress (DA) who FP was more than an acquaintance to. She got off her car and asked her driver to wait as seeing DA wouldn’t take long.

Upon seeIng her, FP didn’t mince words as to the purpose of her surprise visit. “Oh, sure! What’s P500, I’ll give you even more!” DA assured FP who had to wait until she finished her first set.

It was when DA was already performing on stage when a sudden gunfire inside the night spot broke out. Customers scampered in panic.

In the middle of the ruckus, FP lost grip on her wallet and lost it. DA was also nowhere to be found. Double whammy, that is.

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