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Ethel Booba on Bong Revilla candidacy: ‘Kuha po kayo ng NBI clearance’

/ 04:20 PM October 17, 2018
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Image: Instagram/@ethelbooba

Ethel Booba continues her colorful commentary as political hopefuls flock to file their certificate of candidacy (COC).

The comedian’s latest swipe is directed at Ramon “Bong” Revilla, who intends to run for senator while jailed in Camp Crame in Quezon City. His wife, Lani Mercado, and son Jolo filed his COC for him.

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READ: Detained Bong Revilla joins Senate race

Revilla has been charged with plunder for his alleged involvement in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

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Sharing a news post about his COC filing, Ethel quipped: “Kuha po kayo ng NBI Clearance sa counter 6 (Get the NBI clearance at counter 6). Charot!”

It got netizens wondering why there wasn’t such a requirement for political candidates when such clearances are needed to apply for a job.

Netizen Isay Arzubal (@Corridoio_Verde) was among those who thought the lack of qualifications for candidates was unfair.

“Silang [may] mga kaso [pwede] mag-apply ng trabaho pero tayong ordinary Pinoy ang dami kailangan! Partida [nakakulong] pa yan (Those with cases can apply for a job, but us ordinary Filipinos have so many requirements! To think he is in jail)!”

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“Dapat gawin ng batas yan,” said @pinoypo17 of requiring an NBI clearance for politicians. “Ang taas ng katungkulan tapos may criminal record… eh janitor nga [kailangan] meron.”

(It should be a law. Their position is so high and they have a criminal record… even janitors need to have it.)

Two former senators charged in connection with the pork barrel scam, Juan Ponce-Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, are also seeking senatorial posts in 2019. They have been released on bail.

Ethel also opposed their COC filing. She advised Enrile, “At age of 94 you should rest and enjoy your life as a businesswoman (as Enrile mistakenly filled up his COC form).”

READ: Enrile a businesswoman? His COC says so – but blooper fixed for over an hour

When Estrada said he hoped he and brother JV Ejercito would win in the Senate, Ethel commented: “Kung ako masusunod kahit wag ka na (If I were to be followed, I hope you won’t).”

The qualifications for a Philippine senator include being a natural-born citizen of the country, at least 35 years old by the day of the election and able to read and write.  /ra

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