GIS EXCLUSIVE: Sen. JV Ejercito vows to work more on infrastructure dev’t hopefully in his next term
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Saturday, January 12th, 2019
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Senator Joseph Victor ‘JV’ Ejercito admits that running in the May midterm election is a total gamble as he is running against his brother former Senator Jinggoy Estrada.
Nevertheless, the senator still hopes to get the support of the public based on his achievements in the past six years of service in the Senate.
This year, Senator JV marked his 18 years as a public servant since he started as a mayor and as a representative of San Juan City.
Meanwhile, his brother Jinggoy was out on bail for a existing plunder case at the Sandiganbayan.
“I’ve tried my best to keep my name clean. Kung baga yung tiwalang ipinagkaloob sa akin talagang pinagkaingat-ingatan ko iyan kaya proud ako. Walang bahid ang aking pangalan,” he explained in an interview with Get It Straight with Daniel Razon.
“Not to compare with him (Jinggoy). Kumbaga proud ako sa performance ko saka iyong clean track record. Sabi ko nga eto na lang sana iyong makatulong na makapag-paangat sa aking re-election bid,” the senator added.
Senator JV couldn’t be prouder because two of his authored bills have already been enacted into law – the Universal Health Care and the establishment of the Department of Human Settlement.
However, he still wishes to do more especially for the country’s infrastructure if reelected.
“Hindi kaya sa 3 years o 6 years. Infrastructure development needs long term. (Kuya Daniel) alam mo naman sa ating gobyerno kapag walang nagtutulak, walang nagpe-pressure, baka pabayaan,” he said.
Meanwhile, the senator is open to reviving the death penalty in the country.
“Wala namang may karapatan sa atin na kumuha ng buhay ng bawat isa. Sa akin lang deterrent kasi iyon din,” he explained.
“Ang rason nung mga nahuhuling big time Chinese mainlanders na pag tinatanong sila … kasi dito raw pag nahuli, di ka naman papatayin kaagad,” he added.
Despite his obvious support to the programs of the administration, Senator JV is against the entry of Chinese companies in the country as it might affect the country’s stance on the issue involving the West Philippine Sea.
“Parang bukas na bukas na tayo. Andyan na yung 3rd telco, andyan pa yung CCTV all over, so since may dispute tayo, alam nila kung ano ginagawa natin dito,” Ejercito said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is planning to attend seminars on crafting laws should he win a seat in the Senate.
First time candidate Dela Rosa is poised to become a senator with more than 18 million votes in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) partial, unofficial results of the 2019 midterm elections.
In an interview with CNN Philippines, Dela Rosa said he is seeking to attend seminars on lawmaking as this is the very essence of his work as a legislator.
“Ewan ko kung meron bang seminar diyan, or ano bang training dyan para matutuhan ko kung paano gawin ‘yung ng batas, kung paano gawin ‘yung trabaho sa Senado. Kung merong ganon I’ll take that opportunity para matuto ako,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.
(Is there a seminar for that or training where I could learn how to craft laws or about our work in the Senate? If there’s any, I’ll take that opportunity so I could learn.)
But he added that he will not attend the training if these will be held in the University of the Philippines because it was “anti-police” and “anti-military.”
Dela Rosa also said that he plans to consult reelectionist Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel and JV Ejercito on the things that he needs to do to prepare for the job.
“Magtawag tawag ako kina Koko Pimentel, JV Ejercito kung ano ba talaga ang trabaho ng senador. What do I need to prepare para pagpasok ko, hindi na ito katawa-tawa,” he said.
(I will call Koko Pimentel and JV Ejercito to ask about the job of a senator, what I need to prepare so I won’t look ridiculous when I enter the Senate.)
Dela Rosa is currently ranking fifth in the top-12 winning circle with 18,339,919 votes based on partial, unofficial results from Comelec as of 5:10 a.m. Wednesday.
Pimentel is currently at 11th spot with 14,255,261 votes while Ejercito is outside the winning circle at the 13th place with 13,897,153 votes.
“Kaya nga malungkot ako. Magdasal na lang. Sana si JV makaakyat, si Koko ‘wag nang bumaba,” Dela Rosa said.
(That’s why I am sad. I’ll just pray. I hope JV’s ranking would go up and Koko’s wouldn’t go down.)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has conceded his defeat to newly-elected mayor Franscisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
In a statement released late Tuesday, Estrada congratulated Domagoso on his win and promised to prepare for a smooth transition of government.
“The people of Manila have spoken. The new leadership of the city will be coming in and I will prepare the smooth turnover of the city government,” he said.
“I congratulate the new mayor and I wish him all the best for the good of the people of Manila,” he added.
Estrada lost to Domagoso by a wide margin in the Manila mayoral race. He received 210,605 votes against Domagoso’s 357,925, based on votes from 100 percent of election returns from clustered precincts.
He also expressed gratitude to those who helped and stood by him throughout the 50 years of his political career.
“By June 30, my 50 years in politics and public service will come to an end with sterling colors of honesty and genuine concerns for the poor,” he said in a statement.
“I wish to thank all those who stood by me for the last 5 decades of my political life,” he added.
Estrada joined the political arena in 1969 while he was still a popular film actor. He ran and won as mayor of San Juan City and was succeeded by his sons Jinggoy and John Victor “JV” Ejercito, followed by JV’s mother, Guia Gomez, when he sought national positions. He first ran as senator in 1987, then vice president in 1992, and finally president in 1998.
He was ousted in 2001 over corruption charges and convicted of plunder in 2007. He was later pardoned and returned to politics to become Manila mayor in 2013.
But his years of foray in politics suddenly came to an end after his defeat against Moreno. The Estrada-Ejercito clan’s 50-year reign in San Juan was also cut off after his granddaughter, Janella, failed in her mayoral bid against former vice mayor Francis Zamora.
Estrada also called on his supporters to rally behind the mayor-elect for the betterment of the city.
“I am calling all my supporters to rally behind the new leadership of the city,” he said.
“Hangad natin ang katagumpayan ng bagong liderato para sa kabutihan ng nakararami (We hope for the success of the new leadership for the welfare of the majority ,” he added.
He also said that he will leave the new leader with a city with no debt because he was able to clear it during his term.
“Taas-noo tayong lalabas ng city hall dahil nabayaran natin ang lahat ng pagkakautang na P4.4B na aking dinatnan noong 2013,” he said
(I will leave the city hall with head held high because we were able to pay the P4.4 billion debt that I inherited in 2013.)
“Dinatnan ko ang lungsod na bangkarote. Sa pagtatapos ng aking termino, iiwanan ko ang lungsod na may P14 bilyong pondo bunga ng masinop na pamamahala at maingat na paggasta sa perang pag-aari ng mga mamamayan,” he said.
(I inherited a bankrupt city. As my term comes to an end, I will leave a city with P14 billion fund due to good governance and careful spending of the people’s money)
He did not say whether he will retire once his term ends or plans to make a political comeback. He just said that “there’s always life after politics.”
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Is it time for the Ejercito-Estrada clan to take a break from politics?
The clan’s patriarch, former president and reelectionist Manila mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada is losing by a wide margin to mayoral contender Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
Based on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) partial, unofficial results as of 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday with 99.06 percent of election returns, Domagoso has garnered 354,327 votes while Estrada got 208,561.
Moreno previously served as vice mayor to Erap from 2013 to 2016. He joined but lost the senatorial race in 2016.
With Erap’s loss came the failed mayoral bid of his granddaughter Janella Ejercito Estrada in San Juan City.
Janella, daughter of senatorial aspirant Jinggoy Estrada, who got 24,813 votes was beaten by former vice mayor Francis Zamora who garnered 35,060 votes.
Zamora’s victory ended the Ejercito-Estrada clan’s nearly 50-year reign in the city. The Estrada clan took hold of San Juan City since 1969 when then popular actor Estrada won as mayor. He was succeeded by his sons Jinggoy and JV Ejercito then JV’s mother Guia Gomez to whom Zamora narrowly lost his bid for mayor in 2016.
The Zamoras and Estradas were family friends for 30 years until Francis and Guia both ran in the mayoralty race in 2016. Francis claimed he was cheated in the election.
Meanwhile, Erap’s nephew ER Ejercito failed in his bid for governor in Laguna against reelectionist governor Ramil Hernandez.
His other nephew, Gary Estrada Ejercito also lost in Cainta, Rizal’s vice mayoralty race against Ace Servillion.
In the senate race, Erap’s sons Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and Jinggoy Estrada are trailing beyond the top 12. JV is currently at 13th spot with 13,866,130 votes while his brother Jinggoy is at 15th with 11,018,985 votes as of 3:50 pm with 99.06 percent of election returns.
End of an era?
Did the May 13 midterm elections signal the end of a political era for the Estrada-Ejercito clan?
According to political analyst, Professor Edmund Tayao, Erap’s defeat could mean that the Manila voters are looking for a new leader who could bring significant changes to the city.
“Erap was considered as some kind of alternative having been a previous president, so many may have thought he would be a better Mayor compared to [Alfredo] Lim but after two terms there was not much change that happened,” Tayao told UNTV News and Rescue in an interview.
Tayao also believes that the previous rift between JV and Jinggoy have damaged their chances of winning in Senate race.
“Ang naka-contribute pa dito yung masyadong negative campaign, below the belt yung ginawa niya against his own brother, that boomeranged on him,” he said in reference to the half-brothers’ disagreements in the past.
“So, instead of maintaining his supposed advantage over his half-brother, nabaligtad ang pangyayari, mas binoto ng tao si JV Ejercito,” he added.
The two brothers had admitted to a tepid relationship after JV decided to use the Estrada name to boost his political image. Their relationship also turned sour at the height of the 2013 pork barrel scam.
Tayao said that based on his personal assessment of the general election results, Filipino voters seemed to be looking for new names and faces in politics who could deliver positive results.
“What is shown to the general results of the elections which is across the board, nage-experiment ang mga tao, ayaw na nila ng more of the same so they elected a different sort of combination,” he said. (with details from Nel Maribojoc)
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