MANILA — Outgoing Sen. JV Ejercito on Wednesday thanked his supporters as he bode farewell to his post after a failed bid for reelection.
Ejercito failed to enter the "Magic 12" of the Senate winning circle, garnering 14,313,727 votes based on the official, final count of Commission on Elections (Comelec). The votes landed him in the 13th spot, over 100,000 votes behind reelectionist Nancy Binay.
"Kunin ko na ang pagkakataon magpasalamat sa Sambayanang Pilipino sa pagkakataon na ako ay nakapaglingkod bilang Senador ng ating bansa," Ejercito said in a tweet.
(I want to thank the Filipinos for the opportunity to serve them as a senator of this country.)
"Isang karangalan na kayo ay paglingkuran (It was an honor to have served you). Will be walking away from the Senate with my integrity intact... Salamat po sa pagmamahal (Thank you for the love)."
Ejercito also touted the Universal Healthcare Law as his legacy.
"Kahit po wala na ako, ang iwanan kong batas, ang Universal Healthcare Law ay mapapakinabangan ng lahat ng Pilipino," he said in another tweet.
(Even if I'm no longer in the Senate, the Universal Healthcare Law will still benefit the Filipinos.)
Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Ejercito's half brother, was also defeated in the Senate race.
Analysts had earlier warned that the Senate bids of the brothers could possibly hurt both their chances as it may "confuse" voters.
Most candidates from Estrada-Ejercito clan failed to get an elective post in the last polls, with former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada also losing in his Manila mayoral reelection bid.