Senatorial candidate Jinggoy Estrada on Wednesday urged voters to support his half-brother, Jose Victor "JV" Ejercito as they both run for seats in the Upper Chamber in the 2019 elections.
The erstwhile estranged brothers are running alongside each other in administration-backed Hugpong ng Pagbabago. Both are sons of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada.
Speaking at a campaign sortie at Estrada-Ejercito bailiwick San Juan City, Jinggoy called on attendees to support his half-brother, even if it meant voting Ejercito first over him.
"Alam niyo naman, 12 taon tayong nagserbisyo bilang iyong senador at noong 2010 noong pangalawang beses ginawa niyo kong number 1 sa bayan ng San Juan. Ngunit ang pakiusap ko ngayong eleksiyon gawin niyo nang number 1 si JV kahit number 2 na lang ako," he told attendees.
(I had served as senator for 12 years and you've made me your number one vote in San Juan. But I urge you all to make JV your number one vote this election. Just make me number two.)
Jinggoy previously served as mayor of San Juan from 1992 to 2001, and was elected senator in 2004. He was imprisoned in 2013 for plunder charges and was freed on bail in 2017.
Ejercito served as mayor of San Juan from 2001 to 2010 and served as the lone district representative of the said city before winning a Senate seat in 2013.
Jinggoy previously said he had no grudges against his half-brother.