JV runs risk of be­ing de­clared nui­sance can­di­date — Com­elec

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By SHEILA CRISOSTOMO – With Marvin Sy

Former se­na­tor JV Ejercito runs the risk of be­ing de­clared a nui­sance can­di­date if he changes his sur­name to Estrada in the bal­lots.

Ac­cord­ing to Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions spokesman James Jimenez, Ejercito can use Estrada if he seeks an elec­tive post in the 2019 polls but may find him­self fac­ing a pe­ti­tion to de­clare him a nui­sance.

“He can give his name as an alias, as a nick­name, but that does not stop any­one from fil­ing a case against him,” Jimenez told re­porters when asked to com­ment on the re­ports that Ejercito was con­sid­er­ing us­ing Estrada, his father’s last name, in the bal­lots.

Jimenez noted that this hap­pened when a cer­tain Peter Cayetano filed his cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy for se­na­tor when former se­na­tor Alan Peter Cayetano was also mak­ing his first run for the Se­nate.

Alan filed a pe­ti­tion to de­clare Peter a nui­sance and won.

The process seeks to de­clare a can­di­date a nui­sance if he or she adopts a name to cre­ate con­fu­sion, Jimenez ex­plained.

Ejercito is the son of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada with San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez. His half-brother, Jinggoy Estrada, is the former pres­i­dent’s son with former se­na­tor Loi Ejercito.

Sib­ling ri­valry

For his part, Ejercito said yes­ter­day that his de­ci­sion to push through with his bid for re­elec­tion in next year’s polls was brought about by his de­sire to fin­ish what he has started and to stop be­ing bul­lied in his fam­ily.

In an in­ter­view over dwIZ, Ejercito lamented that he was tired of hav­ing to be the one who should make sac­ri­fices.

The sib­ling ri­valry be­tween Ejercito and Estrada has been go­ing on in pub­lic for a long time.

Ejercito claimed that he has al­ways been bul­lied as the younger brother and back then, he would just ac­cept this and give in.

“But some­times you have to stand up for your­self. There are times when I feel that I am al­ways giv­ing way and as the small brother, it is just nat­u­ral that you get bul­lied. But it al­ways ap­pears as if I am the bad guy here,” Ejercito said in Filipino.

Ejercito ad­mit­ted that the con­flict is hurt­ing the en­tire Estrada fam­ily, many of whom are in­cum­bent of­fi­cials run­ning for re­elec­tion.

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