Pagsanjan Mayor Jeorge (E.R. Ejercito) Estregan is the new president of the Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon (KAPPT).
He was voted president, together with five other officers, to serve in the KAPPT board of directors from 2005 to 2008, during elections held among the fifteen board members—including eight incumbent and seven new directors—who were themselves elected during the KAPPT elections at Mowelfund Plaza last November 12.
The other elected officers were: Vic Felipe, board chairman; Conrad Poe, vice-president for internal affairs; Amay Bisaya, vice-president for external affairs; Cris Daluz, secretary; and Pamela Amor, treasurer.
The other board members are incumbent directors Quezon City Vice-Mayor Herbert Bautista, Efren Reyes Jr., Lucy Quinto and new board directors Rez Cortez, Baldo Marro, Dick Israel, Tirso Cruz III, Rey Solo and Nino Muhlach.
Jeorge Estregan (whose real name is Emilio Ramon Pelayo Ejercito III) takes over the position of president even as he is on his second term as the mayor of Pagsanjan, Laguna. A son of the late George Estregan, E. R. became popular for his villain roles though his dream role, up to this day, is to play the late Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. He becomes the eighth KAPPT president and will succeed actor-comedian-TV-host German Moreno whose has served as president since 1999.
The new board will hold a special meeting on Saturday, Nov. 26, to discuss the induction and takeover of the new board and elect the chairmen of the various committees that make up the actors’ guild.
Aside from German Moreno, the other KAPPT presidents included Actor-Director Robert Arevalo, Actor-Director-Producer Fernando Poe Jr., Actor Paquito Diaz, Actor-Producer Rudy Fernandez, Actor Edu Manzano and Actor-Director-Producer Ronnie Ricketts.
Insiders at KAPPT said if Jeorge Estregan can parlay his administrative skills in running a tourist town like Pagsanjan to managing the KAPPT, then all will be smooth sailing for the premier guild in the Film Academy of the Philippines .
He cited E. R.’s records as mayor, including the fact that he was adjudged one of the 10 Oustanding Municipal Mayors of the Philippines by the Local Government Leadership Awards in 2003.
E.R. has this to say when he expounded on his ideas on good governance: It’s also a matter of strategic vision, which calls for transparency, accountability, people’s participation, creativity and innovations plus the elimination of graft and corruption by exhibiting strong political will. I have always based my decisions according to the greater good of the greater majority. It’s a balancing act between your quest for excellence and having a pure heart with good intentions. At the end of the day, all that matters are the good things that you have done.
During his acting days, E.R. had portrayed a series of unique villains, sometimes sporting tomahawk hairdos to accentuate his kontrabida roles. But he explains he understand why people couldn’t reconcile the difference of his being a diligent student of public administration and his being the demon that he was oftentimes in the movies he appeared in.