MANILA - Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Thursday said he has no grudges against his half-brother, reelectionist Sen. JV Ejercito, who signed a 2014 Senate committee report recommending plunder charges against him.
Estrada said he was surprised and felt bad over what Ejercito did since he could have inhibited from signing the report.
"Nung pumirma siya sa committee report na hinatulan kaming guilty, nagulat talaga ako. Nagtampo naman talaga ako dahil puwede naman siyang mag-abstain, pwede naman siyang mag-inhibit," Estrada told "Ikaw Na Ba?" the DZMM's senatorial candidates' interview.
(When he signed the committee report that found us guilty, I was surprised. I sulked because he could have abstained, inhibited.)
"Kapatid ko yan, wala akong sama ng loob, mga patutsada niya laban sa akin, hindi ko pinapatulan, hindi ko sinasagot dahil ako, nirerespeto ko ang tatay ko dahil kapatid ko yan."
(He's my brother, I have no grudges [against him]. I don't respond to his criticisms against me because I respect my father, he's [JV] my brother.)
Estrada, currently out on bail, is seeking a return to the Senate even as he faces trial for plunder and graft for his alleged role in the Priority Development Assistance Fund or "pork barrel" scam.
The movie actor-politician said he has yet to talk to his younger half-brother, who earlier said he would wish Jinggoy "good luck" should they cross paths.
"Hindi, hindi pa kami naguusap. Wala sigurong pagkakataon. Siguro sa darating na Martes, pagka dadalo siya dun sa kickoff rally namin sa partido ni Mayor Sara (Duterte) sa Pampanga. Maybe, yun na siguro yung oras na magkikita kami," he said.
(No, we haven't talked yet. No opportunities. Possibly this Tuesday, if he will attend the kickoff rally of Mayor Sara Duterte's partylist in Pampanga. Maybe that's the time we will meet.)
A December 14-21, 2018 Pulse Asia survey of senatorial wannabes found both Jinggoy and JV having a good chance of making it to the top 12 winning senators. Jinggoy, however had a better chance, with 36.3% voting for him and JV getting 33%.6%.