MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - Rep. Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito on Thursday insisted that he has no beef with Senator Jinggoy Estrada, after his half-brother said he was hurt by comments by the San Juan congressman.
Ejercito, in a press statement, said although he disagrees with Estrada on "mostly political issues," he always regards his brother with respect.
"I believe both of us love our father. That is why, for my part, I will always try to bridge the gap that separates us, considering 'our family's circumstances,'" he said.
"I'm sure my Kuya Jinggoy will reciprocate the effort," he added.
JV and Jinggoy are sons of former President Joseph Estrada with former actress Guia Gomez and former Senator Loi Ejercito, respectively.
Jinggoy on Thursday said he was upset that his brother allegedly made comments to “generate publicity” over their supposed sibling rivalry “at his expense.”
“I believe that I have done my best to prove that I can rise above any petty and unjust remarks against me from my own brother. I sincerely hope that as a senatorial aspirant who I look forward to being a colleague in the Senate, he can do the same,” Estrada said in a statement. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/11/08/12/jinggoy-calls-jvs-comments-petty-unjust
JV, however, denied playing up their sibling rivalry.
"I did say, 'we're not 'buddy-buddy' or text mates, but we're civil [to each other].' But I was just responding to the insinuation made by a reporter that my brother and I will always take the same side of any question, presumably to the detriment of the nation," he said. "My brother finds the words 'sibling rivalry' objectionable, to describe our relationship. Those are the reporter's phrase, not mine."
"If my answers in that interview hurt him, that was not my intention. Neither did I mean to gain political capital at his expense by making our disagreement public," he added.
JV said he and his brother once made a promise "we would serve our countrymen to the best of our abilities."
"I think we should be able to transcend our petty differences in order to redeem that promise, something our father, former President Joseph Estrada, wanted us to do," he added.