• JV to snub UNA swearing-in rites, will take oath in San Juan

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    SENATOR-elect Jose Victor “JV” Ejercito Estrada will not be joining his fellow United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senators in the oath-taking ceremony Friday afternoon at the office of Vice President Jejomar Binay at the Coconut Palace.

    Instead, the neophyte senator will be taking his oath of office Saturday at the new San Juan city hall near the Pinaglabanan Shrine, with his mother re-elected Mayor Guia Gomez.

    UNA Secretary General Toby Tiangco had said in a media advisory earlier that senators Gregorio Honasan and Senators-elect Nancy Binay and Estrada will be sworn in by Binay.

    Binay himself will be taking his oath before former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

    Alex Irasga, political adviser of Estrada, said he really had no plan to join the ceremony at Coconut Palace and it is possible that those who planned the event assumed that he was coming.

    Irasga said Estrada opted to be with the people of San Juan whom he served for three terms as mayor and one term as congressman.

    In a separate statement, Estrada said “it is just fitting to swear the oath in front of the people I really trust.”

    JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA

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