Priceless presidentiable antics: Erap does Sexbomb dance, struggles to name 3 Presidents, swears he's clean

Say what you will about Joseph "Erap" Estrada–but he's never ever boring. Then again, in his case, this may not necessarily be a good thing.

Running for the country's highest office anew in a bid to continue his "interrupted term," he clearly hopes his charisma is still powerful enough to convince voters to take a chance on him once more. The odds are stacked against Estrada, who was kicked out of Malacañang Palace due to corruption charges in 2001. This may be why he's keeping things light and breezy even as the campaign period heats up.

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Yesterday, in "Hiritan 2010," a segment on GMA Network's morning show Unang Hirit, all eyes were on Estrada the moment he attempted to dance to the Sexbomb Girls' election ditty, "Bilog na Hugis Itlog," before he joined running mate Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay and host Arnold Clavio on stage.

As if to warm up Estrada for more controversial queries, Clavio asked him a not-so-serious question: "Sa tingin n'yo sino po ang tatlong pinakadakilang presidente ng Pilipinas? (In your opinion, who do you think are the three greatest Philippine presidents?)"

In response, Estrada drawled, "(Manuel) Quezon...President Cory (Aquino)... wala na akong kasunod na alam, eh. (I don't know whose name I'll say next.)"

Estrada finally settled on Ferdinand Marcos as his third pick after Clavio reminded him that he served as San Juan mayor for many years under Marcos' term.


When it came to a more serious question about "allegations of corruption" during his term, Estrada declared, "Transparent po ang aking gobyerno. Ni isang kamag-anak, walang na-appoint. Walang naki-alam, walang nakinabang kahit na kumpare o kamag-anak. Walang nakaka-impluwensiya sa akin." ("My government practiced transparency. I didn't appoint a single relative. None of my friends or relatives benefited from my being president. Nobody influenced my decisions.")

At the end of the day, it remains to be seen whether there are still voters who will take Estrada seriously. GMANews.TV reports that Estrada is the No. 3 choice of respondents in a Pulse Asia Survey released March 5. That's not exactly a vote of confidence for his "repeat performance" as president of the Philippines. He is truly an entertainer, though.

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