Ex-President Erap ‘responding well’ to treatment, improving, says son Jinggoy

Marje Pelayo   •   April 9, 2021   •   1052

MANILA, Philippines — Former President Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada is ‘responding well’ to treatment according to his son, former Senator Jinggoy Estrada.

“We are happy to report that my father seems to be responding well to treatment as his condition has steadily improved,” the younger Estrada said.

Jinggoy said the doctors are now starting to slowly wean Erap off ventilator support and his organ functions remain stable.

“Please continue to pray that he recovers completely from this devastating disease and that no new complications set back his progress,” Jinggoy called on the public as he thanked those who give support and prayers for the Estrada patriarch.

Former President Estrada was hospitalized on March 28 after he tested positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday (April 6), he was put on a mechanical ventilator as his pneumonia worsened.

Two days prior to the ventilator, he was sedated and transferred to the intensive care unit for closer observation.

Erap is turning 84 years this April 19.

Only one Estrada should run for office, Jinggoy says

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —Former senator Jinggoy Estrada has signified his intent in running for a Senate seat in the 2022 national elections.

In an interview on Wednesday (July 7), Estrada said he still has unfinished business in the Senate and was encouraged by the continuous support of the public after several surveys still include him in the winning circle.

However, the former senator said only one Estrada should run for office, pertaining to his brother former senator JV Ejercito.

“Mabuti na ‘yung iisa lang ang Estrada ang tumakbo kasi minsan nalilito ang ating mga botante kung sino sa aming dalawa. Siguro, it’s high time that we get to talk to each other,” Jinggoy said.

Ejercito, on the other hand, said in a tweet that it is the right of anyone to run for public office and the people will decide which candidate they will vote for.

“Everyone has the right to run for public office. But it is the prerogative of the people to choose a candidate with integrity, honesty & track record,” Ejercito said. -AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Ex-Pres. Joseph Estrada to be discharged from hospital Monday – Jinggoy

Robie de Guzman   •   April 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Former President Joseph Estrada is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Monday, his son, former Senator Jinggoy Estrada announced.

“Our family is overjoyed to announce that our father will finally be discharged from the hospital today,” he said in a post on Facebook.

“We would like to express our gratitude to his doctors for their expertise and care,” he added.

Jinggoy also thanked those who offered prayers and support for their family.

“We would like to thank everyone who prayed with us and supported us through this harrowing experience,” he said.

“But most of all, we would like to thank our Lord Almighty for His love and guidance through all of this,” he added.

Estrada contracted novel coronavirus disease in late March.

Jinggoy on April 13 announced that his father had tested negative for the virus and was transferred to a regular room.

But on April 16, Estrada was moved back to an intensive care unit after his doctors found “a super imposed bacterial lung infection.”

He was later brought back to a regular room after condition improved.

Ex-Pres. Joseph Estrada back in ICU due to ‘bacterial lung infection’ — Jinggoy

Robie de Guzman   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada was brought back to a non-COVID intensive care unit (ICU) on Thursday night after suffering a “slight setback,” his son, former Senator Jinggoy Estrada said.

“We wish to announce that my father had a slight setback last night as his doctors found a superimposed bacterial lung infection,” Jinggoy said in a Facebook post on Friday.


We wish to announce that my father had a slight set back…

Posted by JE Estrada on Thursday, April 15, 2021

The younger Estrada said his father was moved back to a regular ICU “monitoring and support of his blood pressure which fluctuated due to the said infection.”

“But overall, he is stable with high flow oxygen support,” he added.

On Wednesday, Jinggoy said the former president has been transferred to a regular room after testing negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

“Once again, we ask for your prayers for his immediate recovery and also to all those infected with COVID-19,” the former senator said.

The former president contracted coronavirus disease in late March.


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