Broth­ers in clash for Se­nate role in mid-term elec­tion

Gulf Times - - PHILIPPINES - By Neil Jayson Ser­val­los

In­cum­bent Se­na­tor Joseph Vic­tor “JV” Ejercito yes­ter­day said he would slug it out with his half-brother and for­mer se­na­tor Jose “Jing­goy” Estrada for a Se­nate seat in the 2019 mid-term elec­tions.

JV, son of for­mer pres­i­dent Joseph “Erap” Estrada with Guia Gomez, pre­vi­ously an­nounced that he would give way to Jing­goy, Erap’s son with Dr Luisa “Loi” Ejercito Estrada, in the race for sen­a­tors in next year’s polls. He ex­plained that it was time to stand up to “bul­ly­ing” from his fam­ily and fight for his own be­liefs and that he joined the Na­tion­al­ist Peo­ple’s Coali­tion (NPC) — leav­ing his fa­ther’s po­lit­i­cal party Pw­ersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) — to pro­claim his in­de­pen­dence from the clan.

Erap, in­cum­bent mayor of Manila, was re­port­edly dis­heart­ened to learn of JV’s trans­fer to the NPC.

“I had al­ways been the one who gave way. They would un­der­stand me. Even if I was al­ways bul­lied, it was all fine with me. But I now have to stand for my prin­ci­ples,” JV said in a radio in­ter­view.

The re-elec­tion­ist se­na­tor added that he is eye­ing a di­a­logue with his fa­ther as he wants to use the sur­name “Estrada” in the bal­lots and to set­tle the dis­putes be­tween him and Jing­goy, whom he blamed for his sharp drop in the Septem­ber 2018 Pulse Asia sur­vey for wannabe sen­a­tors.

JV said he would file his cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy either to­mor­row or Tues­day at the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions of­fice in In­tra­muros, Manila.

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