By Mario Casayuran
An “all-star cast” of “heavyweight” showbiz celebrities, religious leaders, and prominent politicians is supporting the reelection bid of Senator Joseph Victor ‘’JV’’ Ejercito.
This, as Ejercito Saturday thanked all his endorsers and supporters following his climb to the winning chart of senatorial candidates based on the latest surveys of Pulse Asia, which ranked him 9-15, and Social Weather Station (SWS), which placed him on the 12thspot.
There are 12 positions in the 24-member Senate to be filled up in tomorrow’s mid-term elections.“Ngayon pa lang, taus puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng sumuporta sa akin. Of course, to the Filipino people who believe in me, your trust always lifts my spirit and encourages me to go on despite my uphill battle in this election and makes me believe that we will overcome,” Ejercito said in a statement. (I express my heartfelt thanks to all those who are supporting me.)
Among those who have endorsed Ejercito were President Duterte, presidential daughter and current Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto and Senators Emmanuel “Pacman,” Pacquiao, Juan Miguel ‘’Migz’’ Zubiri, Joel Villanueva, Sherwin T. Gatchalian, Loren Legarda and Panfilo M. Lacson.
“Of course, my father, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” (Estrada) and my mother, San Juan City Mayora Guia Gomez, are 100 percent behind me. I always believe that politics is addition. So, I always welcome all the support and endorsement coming from the people,” he said.
Among the local government officials backing Ejercito’s candidacy are Batangas Mayor Vilma Santos-Recto, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, Leyte (4thDistirct) Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado, Northern Samar Governor Jun Ong, and Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez.
Showbiz personalities who are also supporting Ejercito include Gabby Conception, Vina Morales, Raymart Santiago, among others.
Ejercito recalled that he brought in 2013 to the Senate his dream that would help Filipinos.
These are the Universal Health Care Law and creation of the at ang batas na magtatatag ng Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development that he authored.
Ejercito also got the “thumbs up” of influential religious leaders like Brother Mike Velarde of El Shaddai, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, and Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani.
In Saturday’s DWIZ radio interview, Ejerciro said he did not get the endorsement of the Iglesia ni Kristo (INK).
With the wide support he is getting and with God’s help, Ejercito believed that he would win in tomorrow’s elections.