- Outgoing senator aired his hopes to be included in ruling party’s senatorial slate
- He said he has cooperated with the administration as well as maintained his independence
- He also said his re-election bid depends if his brother Jinggoy or father will run or not
MANILA, Philippines – With his term dwindling down, outgoing senator JV Ejercito said he hopes to be given priority by the ruling PDP-Laban in its list of senatorial bets for the Senate elections in 2019.
“We are hoping that the re-electionist senators will be given priority for midterm election especially if there will be a coalition hopefully by next year,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.
Ejercito said his record of cooperating with the administration while maintaining his independence can speak for itself.
“We have showed our cooperation with the administration, their success is also our success, but we also showed our independence,” he said.
At the same time, the senator stressed that he has yet to really make up his mind for running especially since his brother former senator Jinggoy Estrada may also decide to run.
“Nothing is final until mag-file ka ng COC (certificate of candidacy). There are still a lot of factors to be considered,” he said. “It would not look good for two family members to run at the same time. One has to give way. Preferably isa lang tumakbo sa [there only one runs in the] Senate, I still adhere to that thinking.”
‘Di ako papayag na [I won’t allow] two members in the family ang tatakbo, kung sakali [to run, in case] I will do the supreme sacrifice,” he added.
Ejercito also said he will have to take into account his father Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s advice.
“The biggest factor pa rin is our father. But through the years he has never meddled in our decisions. Lalo sa akin, hinahayaan nya kami [Particularly for me, he lets us be] because he knows that we can do it on our own,” he said.