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John Estrada resolves to stay away from politics



With seeming finality, John Estrada declares he will never, ever for public post.

John Estrada

John Estrada

“I am not cut out for politics,” he said.

John was asked about it as he plays the title role in “The Last Interview: The Mayor Antonio Halili Story.”

“ I am a prayerful person. I pray to God that even if I reach old age, if He could spare me from entering politics, please do,” he said.

He recalled receiving so many offers to run for public posts “from councilor and vice mayor, to mayor and congressman.”

“But I don’t like it, neither does my wife,” he said.

When we reminded him that his best friend, Richard Gomez, used to say he will not get into politics — only to run as mayor in Ormoc years later — John said, “Well, I don’t want to end my sentence with a period. I cannot see my future as I am not a prophet. Maybe if a hundred thousand people would assemble in front of my house and make a loud clamor for me to run for public office, then I guess I would have no choice.”

John even told director Ceasar Soriano that he will only accept the movie if it is devoid of political color.

“They know that I have turned down so many film projects before. I have my reasons as I didn’t believe in the script, I don’t trust the director and I don’t like my co-actors.”

Ghost story
John shared how they experienced “strange” things while shooting the movie.

“I saw it with my two eyes,” he said, referring to the axe in the sala which suddenly fell down.

“Even the lights, it was going off and on while we were shooting. Ara Mina’s P.A. (production assistant), who claims he has a third eye, said the mayor was ‘there’ while we were filming.”

John admitted he is afraid of ghosts.

“I don’t like the feeling that there is an unusual presence,” he shared.

He experienced “eerie” when he was young.

“I had a toy train which didn’t have battery and it was not anymore working,” he began. “But when my grandfather had just died, I saw that train move and make a sound in our cabinet.”

It happened again when his brother died two months later.

“I’ve had sleepless nights after that,” he said.

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