MANILA – United Nationalist Alliance senatorial bet Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito Estrada said he has forgiven incumbent Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, who figured in a heated word war with his father, Manila mayoral candidate and former President Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada.
The younger Estrada said his name was dragged in the word war between Lim and his father.
“Pati ako tinira niya pero OK lang, pinapatawad na natin siya. Kung ano man ‘yung mga sinabi niya na hindi maganda, ganoon naman tayo eh, lalo na you have to be magnanimous in victory,” he said late Monday.
The senatorial candidate, however, admitted that he was hurt by Lim’s accusations during the heated campaign.
“Gusto ko lang malaman niya na masakit ‘yung mga sinabi niya, lalo na ‘yung mga paninira na hindi naman totoo. Pati ako dinamay pa niya. Kung si President Erap sinabing napatawad na niya, syempre kami din papatawarin namin,” he said.
As of 12:20 a.m., Estrada was at 10th place in the Senate race with 7,955,918 votes.
His half-brother, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, also said Lim will remain as a friend despite the heated rivalry.
“I worked with [Lim] in the Senate for 3 years and we became friends. Wala sa akin ‘yun,” the senator said.
Estrada added that he believes his father and Lim will also bury the hatchet.
“My dad has a soft heart,” he said.
Both sons of the former President also expressed confidence that their father will win as Manila mayor.
Former President Estrada was leading the race with 274,267 votes compared to Lim’s 246,135 votes, as of 12:20 a.m, with more than 90% of the votes canvassed.