MANILA - Senator JV Ejercito on Thursday admitted that he did not ask his father Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada's permission when he pushed for the passage of a bill banning political dynasties.
Ejercito is one of the authors of Senate Bill No. 1765, which prohibits spouses and relatives up to the second civil degree of incumbent elective officials from succeeding them or simultaneously running for public office.
Thirteen senators, including Ejercito who comes from a family of politicians, approved the measure on Wednesday night.
"Sasabihin ko lang sa kaniya (Estrada) na by that time na maipasa [ang] anti-political dynasty bill, tapos ka naman na (ng term of office mo),” Ejercito said.
Ejercito's family is one of many prominent political dynasties in the Philippines.
It has been in control of San Juan since 1969, the year former President Estrada first became mayor.
The senator's mother Guia Gomez currently holds the mayoral position in the city while his half-brother, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, has expressed openness to running in the 2019 elections.
Unlike Ejercito, his half-brother Estrada said political families should not be barred from public office “as long as we serve with utmost integrity, dedication and honesty.”
Ejercito had previously said he may reconsider his plans of seeking re-election in 2019 should Estrada run for the same post.
-- report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News