AFTER a long period of estrangement, reconciliation is now in the works between Senators Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, whose rivalry started when Ejercito entered politics in San Juan City (Metro Manila), their family’s bailiwick, where Estrada was mayor from 1992 to 2001, and succeeded him, holding the post from 2001 to 2010.
Local politics caused the decade-long rift between him and his half-brother, and it was aggravated when they supported different candidates in previous elections, Ejercito told reporters in an interview at the sidelines of the city’s annual Wattah! Wattah! Festival on Wednesday.
There are persistent rumors that Vice Mayor Francis Zamora will be running against JV’s mother, Mayor Guia Gomez, in next year’s elections.
The vice mayor is a son of House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora, a long-time friend and political ally of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada, JV and Jinggoy’s father.
JV said Jinggoy’s support would greatly help his mother’s reelection bid.
Gomez will be seeking her third term in 2016.
JV said he was accompanied by his father when he visited Jinggoy, who is currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City (Metro Manila) while being tried on plunder and graft charges for his alleged participation in the pork barrel scam.
Meanwhile, Gomez expressed confidence that the brothers will reconcile their differences.
Ejercito is the son of the former president with Gomez, a former actress, while Jinggoy is his son with former senator and Dr. Luisa “Loi” Estrada.