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‘JV’ won’t run if Jinggoy seeks Senate comeback

Sen. JV Ejercito appeared to be not keen on having his half-brother, former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, as a colleague anew in the upper chamber, saying that somebody has to give in.

Based on his pronouncements during a news forum at the Senate, Ejercito indicated that it’s not going to be him as he’s considering of getting himself re-elected in 2019.
“I’m hoping there will be a compromise. (But) I have to be honest with you, hindi kasi talaga ako papayag na dalawang members ng pamilya ang tatakbo (I won’t allow two members of the family to run for the same position),” he said.
If Estrada is bent on making a return in the upper chamber, Ejercito said “if I have to make a supreme sacrifice, I’m willing to do it.”
“It will not look good for two family members to run at the same time. Again I will adhere to my principle that we are 100 million Filipinos and it should not be monopolized by one family. Senate has only 24 slots. Whoever has to give way, one has to give way. But preferably only one family member for the Senate. Let’s give chance to others. Many have skills and potentials,” he said.
“One member per family, that would be better. If ever I would want to run, I would want to run because I have some things unfinished business that I would want to continue,” Ejercito added.
Asked if he will consider other positions, Ejercito said he’s already happy and contented in his present post and there’s no chance of him seeking higher office.
“I’m already happy. I’m already finding fulfillment in my job as a senator. Right now, as an active member of different committees, I’m the vice chair of the finance (panel), I’ve already found fulfillment (unlike) in the past two years. It’s good that you’re already a part of a shaper of the nation. I’m quite contented,” he said.
Ejercito further admitted that the decision of their father, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada will be the biggest factor although through the years, he has not meddled in their decision-making in the course of their work.
“He does not interfere because he knows we can stand on our own,” he said.
Ejercito said he cannot categorically state his next move as nothing is final yet as there are a lot of factor that needs to be considered.
“My dad is biggest factor. Hopefully we can mend each other but again I’m happy with my position now considering I’m more active past two years than before. I hope there will be a compromise,” he said.

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