Senator JV Ejercito during his interview with “Get it Straight with Daniel Razon”
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – They say politics is a dirty game — it knows no friends or siblings.
Tension between brothers Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito and former Senator Jinggoy Estrada seems to be escalating ahead of the 2019 midterm elections.
It has been reported that Jinggoy is being courted to join the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban.) Meanwhile JV is seeking reelection though he is not yet certain if he’s included in the administration’s senatorial ticket.
In an interview with “Get it Straight with Daniel Razon,” Tuesday, May 8, JV said, “Mabigat talaga kasi based on experience, Kuya Daniel, kahit na halimbawa councilor, kagawad or board member, sabay ang pamilyang tumatakbo, talagang chances are — isa lang ang iboboto.”
(Based on experience, it is difficult to run for the position of board member, councilor or kagawad when a family member is also running for the same. Chances are, only one of you will get elected.)
The younger Ejercito said it has been his desire to iron things out with his brother in consideration of their ageing father, former president now mayor Joseph Estrada. The last time they talked, according to JV, was during the height of the plunder charges against the former president.
JV said he is willing to give way for his brother but not at this point when he is still pushing for his advocacies that he believes will be of big help to the country. He is pushing for the lowering of electricity rates and the establishment of the country’s railway system in Congress.
“Kahit saang parte ka ng mundo, very vital ang railway system sa ekonomiya ng bawat bansa. Sasabihin ko sa kapatid ko, ‘Ito lang ang gusto kong matuloy na sa tingin ko ay magpapasigla ng ating ekonomiya’,” the senator said.
(Anywhere you go in the world, the railway system is very vital in any country’s economy. I will tell my brother, “I want to see this implemented because I believe it will energize our economy.”)
JV said he hopes that his brother will also open up to him as he wants the two of them to reconcile.
“Siguro ma-realize namin pareho, hindi lang niya, na walang maidudulot na mabuti kung patuloy kaming magbabangayan,” he concluded. – Nel Maribojoc / Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue