JV, Jinggoy raise each other's hands at campaign kickoff

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 12 2019 11:21 AM | Updated as of Feb 12 2019 06:40 PM

BLOOD IS THICKER THAN POWER? Brothers JV Ejercito (left) and Jinggoy Estrada (right) raise their hands together as a gesture of support during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign launch in San Fernando, Pampanga on Tuesday. The erstwhile estranged half-brothers joined other senatorial candidates running under Sara Duterte's Hugpong ng Pagbabago as the official campaign period for the election opens. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

PAMPANGA - (UPDATE) Re-electionist Senator JV Ejercito and his half-brother, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, set aside their feud on Tuesday as they shared the same stage during the launch of the campaign of the administration coalition, Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

The two also raised each other’s hands as Ejercito approached the rostrum to give his brief speech. This prompted the crowd to cheer loudly, aware of the rift between the two.

“At siyempre nandito po, mukhang ilang taong kaming hindi nagkamayan, [former] Senator Jinggoy Estrada,” Ejercito said.

(It seems like we haven't shaken each other's hand for years, Senator Jinggoy Estrada.)

Ejercito previously said he hopes to avoid a possible clash with Jinggoy in the May 13 elections. 

Estrada, however, said their father has no problem with having both sons running for a Senate seat.

Asked of the encounter, Estrada said: “I was candid enough and totally sincere about it.”

“I have always mentioned to the media, to our friends, kung ako lang masusunod, pwede naman kaming dalawa,” he added.

(If it were up to me, we both can win.)

Ejercito, meanwhile, described their encounter as "historic."

“Maganda naman (It was nice). Let’s see how it goes. Historic. Dito pa nangyari sa Pampanga,” he said.

Estrada’s decision to seek a Senate comeback prompted Ejercito to leave Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, the political party of their father, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

This decision strained Ejercito's relationship with their father among other things, said Estrada.

Ejercito is the Manila mayor's son with former actress and now San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez, while Estrada is an offspring of the former president and wife Loi Ejercito Estrada. -with a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

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