Estranged half-brothers former Senators Jinggoy Estrada and JV Ejercito are expected to be included in the senatorial slate reportedly being finalized by Partidong Federalismo ng Pilipinas Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Marcos will attempt to put an end to the animosity demonstrated towards each other by the two sons of former President Joseph Estrada by making them share a common political campaign stage for the 2022 national elections.
Marcos, who vowed to become a unifying president if he wins the 2022 polls, has reportedly included Jinggoy and JV in the list of guest senatorial candidates of the PFP which he heads.
“Not only will he attempt to bridge the gap between the half-brothers, Bongbong is also expected to campaign strongly for Jinggoy and JV,” said a member of the PFP campaign headquarters.
“Bongbong might just succeed in getting Jinggoy and JV to reconcile – a feat where their own father, President Erap, failed to succeed,” the source added.
Jinggoy is running under his father’s political party the Partido ng Masang Pilipino while JV is an official candidate of the Nationalist People’s Coalition.
This will not be the first time that the Estrada siblings will share a single stage in their senatorial bids.
They were members of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial slate that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte formed and campaigned for during the mid-term elections of 2019.
Both failed to take advantage of the situation to kiss and make up and this served as a strong factor in their failure to make the cut to the Senate.
The Marcos and Estrada families are known to be strong political allies, their friendship dating back from the early years of the presidency of Bongbong’s father, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
The elder Estrada started his political career as mayor of San Juan which got solid support from President Marcos.
It will be recalled that the then San Juan mayor was the last holdout among Metro Manila mayors to give up the rein of local political power to the OIC-mayors appointed by then President Corazon C. Aquino following the downfall of the Marcos government.