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‘JV’ exits from Erap’s party



Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito is not returning to local politics as he is set to formally take his oath as member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) anytime next week in preparation for his reelection bid in next year’s mid-term polls.

Ejercito, formerly a stalwart of the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) founded by his father former President and now Manila City Mayor Joseph Ejercito-Estrada, vowed to work doubly hard to improve his standing in the surveys.

“I have done my part in uplifting the living condition of our people in San Juan,” said Ejercito, who served as San Juan City mayor and representative.

Senator joining Danding’s NPC for his 2019 reelection bid.

He said he will take his oath as NPC member anytime next week, most probably before Senate President Vicente Sotto III, one of the senior leaders of NPC chaired by former Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco.

Latest Pulse Asia survey ranked Ejercito 11th-17th among the probable senatorial candidates who included his brother, former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, who was ranked ahead of Ejercito.

Ejercito lamented that the “Estrada name recall” is now working against him but vowed to just work harder to improve his chances.

At the same time, Ejercito stressed he is not keen on returning to local politics in San Juan where his mother is serving her third and last term.

“The Estrada factor is working against me this time. Since I am using Ejercito and not Estrada, I don’t have the benefit of the name recall,” Ejercito said.

“I will just have to work harder. I am a believer of good karma. I have decent performance in my five years as a senator, and more importantly, I don’t have a blemish on my track record as a public servant,” he added.