By Ben Rosario
BACOLOD CITY – Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte may not get her wish of seeing Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s two sons put an end to a bitter and long-standing sibling rivalry.
But re-electionist Sen. JV Ejercito ended his feud with the city mayor and in the process, may have solved his need for financial support for his senatorial bid.
Returning to the campaign trail after a week-long absence, Ejercito said he would rather discuss with the media his legislative accomplishments that include the passage of the much-awaited Universal Health Care Law than the well-publicized feud with half-brother, former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada.
However, he willingly discussed with the media here his dialogue and reconciliation with Mayor Estrada who was apparently angered by Ejercito’s insistence that Estrada must not join the senatorial race because political dynasty issues might be raised and affect both of them.
“May kasabihan nga na ang magulang kailanman hindi niya matiis ang anak niya,” Ejercito revealed. (There is a saying that parents will never allow their children to toil)
.”Hindi pa rin nya matitiis, tingin ko tutulangan pa rin n’ya ako,” Ejercito said. (He cannot forsake me, I believe he will help me)
Asked to comment on whether or not Duterte can expect him to reconcile with his brother, Estrada said he would rather act civil whenever JV is around but complained that his brother has not returned his show of respect.
The former senator, who is leading his brother in latest poll surveys, said he never leaves the stage whenever the senator is speaking but Ejercito exits whenever he delivers his campaign speeches.
Estrada said they might put everything behind them but not in the near future.
Ejercito told reporters that the sibling rivalry may have been triggered by politics.
He recalled that it was during the time that he ran and won the mayoralty in San Juan that the bickering started.
Running simultaneously for mayor further widened the rift.
But when Estrada, fresh from being released from four-year detention, announced he was running for senator, the rivalry also resulted into a father-and-son animosity.