JUST as he said he would Senator JV Ejercito has left his father’s political party and joined the Nationalist Peoples Coalition yesterday as part of his re-election preparation for the 2019 midterm elections.
NPC senior council member Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III presided over Ejercito’s oath taking. With this development, Ejercito formally left the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) headed by his father Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.
“It was a difficult decision. Syempre mahirap din iwanan yung partido ng iyong ama. Gusto ko lang liwanagin na bagamat meron kaming disagreements minsan, pagkakaiba ng pananaw, hindi ko pinuputol yung pagiging ama, yung respeto ko, yung pagmamahal dyan,” Ejercito clarified.
He also explained that there is a need to leave PMP since his brother; former Senator Jinggoy Estrada, will also run for a Senate seat next year.
“I am just doing this move na sa tingin ko ay I would need another party, dahil nga sabi ko nga, sa aking paniniwala na yun pong sa aking prinsipyo na sana isa lang ang tumakbo,” he said.
But his parting with PMP was not all smooth. This was after Ejercito himself admitted that he did not talk personally with his father before taking his oath at another party. He said that he just sent a emissary to inform the elder Estrada of his move.
“Pinasabi lang. Alam ko medyo sumama ang loob pero pupuntahan ko pa rin siya (Estrada) syempre. Sana maintindihan niya kasi hindi naman talaga maganda tingnan na dalawa kaming magkapatid, iisang partido,” Ejercito pointed out.
In choosing NPC, Ejercito considered his good relationship with Sotto and by moving to his party, he expects that his working relationship with the head of the Senate will even grow stronger.
Sotto for his part said Ejercito is a shoo-in as NPC senatorial bet in the coming elections.
“Yes, definitely part of the NPC lineup,” Sotto said.
“On the part of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, we’d like to welcome Senator JV Ejercito. With open arms we are honored and very glad to have him because he is one of the more productive members of the Senate especially here in the 17th Congress,” Sotto added.