TACLOBAN City -- FORMER Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada yesterday said he regrets not sharing the stage with his estranged half-brother, Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” EJercito, who was absent during Wednesday’s historic political event here with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and the Romualdez family.
In an ambush interview with Manila-based reporters, Estrada said there is no issue with him joining Ejercito on the stage or in future political gatherings.
“Nanghihinayang ako na wala si JV. I wish he was here. I would have loved to share the same stage with him,” Estrada told reporters after Ejercito failed to join the event due to a prior commitment.
Estrada said there are 12 seats in the Senate and there is a possibility that he and Ejercito will both win in next year’s midterm poll.
Estrada and Ejercito were invited as senatorial candidates to be supported by the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), Tingog Sinirangan party-list group and the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party of Duterte-Carpio which signed the historic alliance agreement for the May 2019 midterm election.
“I am touched and thankful with the support to me of Congressman Romualdez and Mayor Sara,” said Estrada.
Ejercito’s feud with Estrada prompted him to leave his father’s Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and take his oath with the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).
The reelectionist senator said he and his father, Manila City Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada have not been on speaking terms for a long time now after his brother announced his intention to return to the Senate and later filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC).