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Yosi kadiri! Jinggoy violates Davao City’s smoking ban

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

DAVAO CITY – Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada apparently violated Davao City’s smoking ban last Thursday.

Several journalists covering Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) “Miting de Avance” were irked after Estrada lit a cigarette and started to smoke despite being inside an air-conditioned makeshift tent in front of the San Pedro Cathedral that serves as the holding area for media.

Some media practitioners busy doing their respective stories inside the tent started to feel uncomfortable and experienced difficulty in breathing as Estrada was on a smoking break.

From then, a group of Manila-based journalists decided to leave the area and didn’t wait for the media briefing being prepared by Estrada’s camp. The former senator opted to smoke inside the tent despite having a separate VIP lounge designated for HNP senatorial candidates.

City Ordinance No. 367 series of 2012 imposed a maximum “P5,000 fine and/or four months of imprisonment” for violators.

Several local media in Davao City who were also inside the makeshift tent were convinced that Estrada’s antic was indeed a violation the local city ordinance.

President Rodrigo Duterte who skipped Thursday’s final political rally of HNP withdrew his supposed endorsement for Estrada’s senate bid last February, admitting that he just felt obliged to raise the former senator’s hand during an earlier event in Legazpi City, Albay since the he was already there.

The former Senate President Pro-Tempore is currently out on bail due to a pending plunder and graft charges after being implicated in the multi-billion Pork Barrel scam.

Estrada was accused of amassing P172.8 million worth of kick-backs after channeling allotments from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or Pork Barrel funds through the bogus foundation staged by convicted scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

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