MANILA- The expected Senate bids of half-brothers Senator JV Ejercito and former Senator Jinggoy Estrada are likely to confuse voters and could affect vote outcome, an analyst said Friday.
"It would make for confusion if the two brothers would run at the same time, and using the same name will definitely divide the vote," Institute for Political and Economic Reform executive director Ramon Casiple told ANC's "Early Edition."
Asked whether the brothers can cancel each other out in next year's polls, Casiple said: "It's possible because you divide the vote."
Admitting that he is facing problems over name recall, Ejercito said he plans to use their father, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada's surname as a nickname when he files his certificate of candidacy for senator.
"Isasama ko ang 'Estrada.' Yung legal name Ejercito, Joseph Victor, nickname [is] JV Estrada," he told reporters Thursday.
(I will include 'Estrada.' My legal name will be Ejercito, Joseph Victor but my nickname is JV Estrada.)
Ejercito previously said he hopes to avoid a possible clash with Jinggoy in the upcoming elections. Jinggoy, however, said their father has no problem with having both sons running for public office.
The younger Estrada, who is out on bail for graft charges, performed better in a recent survey on preferred senatorial candidates.
Estrada ranked 7th in the said Pulse Asia survey while Ejercito only ranked 17th.
Casiple explained that names are important since elections in the Philippines are driven by personalities and not political parties.
"That's why the names keep coming back kasi yung may resources, yung may makinarya, yung may connection eh mga pamilya," he said.
(Those who have the resources, the machinery, the connections are families.)