By Hannah Torregoza
Reelectionist Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito said he was happy that he finally got to spend time with his father, former President and now Manila City Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, again.
Ejercito, who is running in the upcoming May 2019 midterm elections, earlier confirmed he and his father were able to bond at a restaurant in San Juan City last week.
According to the senator, a family friend arranged the meeting. He said they only had a light conversation, no serious political talk.
Estrada’s relationship with the senator turned sour after the latter left his father’s political party Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and took his oath as a member of the Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC).
The lawmaker had also been vocal about his reservations regarding his half-brother, former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s senatorial bid also in the upcoming May polls.
Both are running as senatorial candidates of the administration-backed Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban).
“Our meeting was very casual, nothing serious. Siyempre masaya rin ako…tagal naming di nag usap. Tatay ko yun, di naman pwedeng mawala yun… (I am, of course, very happy…it’s been a long while since we talked. He’s my father, that’s never going to change),” Ejercito told reporters in a recent interview.
“Hopefully, magkita pa rin kami (ulit) very soon. Miss din namin ang isa’t isa (We would meet up very soon. We missed each other),” Ejercito added.
Asked if reconciliation with his brother is in the offing in time for his father’s birthday on April 19, Ejercito said nothing is uncertain.
“Tingnan natin kung mapagbibigyan ang kanyang birthday gift (We’ll see if his birthday wish will come true),” the senator said.