Jinggoy willing to share political stage with JV

Published November 7, 2018, 10:26 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Ellson Quismorio

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte — Former senator Jinggoy Estrada says he has no problem joining his half-brother, Senator JV Ejercito on the political stage as the rival siblings take intersecting paths toward the Senate race in 2019.

Senator JV Ejercito and former senator Jinggoy Estrada  (MANILA BULLETIN)
Senator JV Ejercito and former senator Jinggoy Estrada 

The brotherly meeting was supposed to take place at the jampacked Tacloban Astrodome here during the alliance agreement signing between the national party Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), Tingog Sinirangan party-list group, and the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party where administration Senate bets also took center stage.

However, sources close to the top organizers of the event informed Manila-based journalists Tuesday night that JV had told them that he wouldn’t grace the shindig as earlier planned.

“Nanghihinayang ako na wala si JV. (I regret that JV is absent). I wish he was here. I would have loved to share the same stage with him,” Jinggoy told the same group of journalists.

Jinggoy, along with former senator Bong Revilla and Dr. Willie Ong comprise the Lakas-CMD’s set of senatorial candidates for next year. Revilla sits as Lakas-CMD chairman.

Lakas-CMD president and Leyte 1st district congressional candidate Martin Romualdez had pledged to support the senatorial bets endorsed by HNP, which is led by President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. JV, a reelectionist, is one of them.

There is no love lost between Jinggoy and the younger JV, who appear to be always at odds with each other due to their complicated relationship.

Former president and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada fathered JV from an extramarital relationship with Guia Gomez, the current mayor of San Juan. Jinggoy, whose mother is former first lady and senator Dr. Loi Estrada, is the eldest among the ex-president’s children.

The younger Estrada claims that it’s their father’s wish for both of his sons to get into the “Magic 12” of the Senate race in May next year.

“There are 12 seats and both of us have a chance to win,” he pointed out. A recent Pulse Asia survey showed Jinggoy within the winners’ circle at 7th place, while JV was within striking distance at 17th.

Jinggoy and JV are the most two most accomplished sons of ex-president Estrada as far as politics are concerned.

Also being carried by Lakas-CMD in the 2019 midterm polls are reelectionist Senators Sonny Angara and Cynthia Villar; Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, and Taguig City-Pateros 2nd district Rep. Pia Cayetano.