MANILA - Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada said Tuesday he was "overwhelmed" with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's endorsement for his 2019 political comeback.
Estrada, out on bail while on trial for plunder and graft for his alleged role in the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, recalled how elated he was when the President's daughter endorsed his possible senatorial bid during a public gathering in Mandaue City last month.
"I was really so overwhelmed, so elated. Siyempre pumapalakpak yung tainga ko (My ears were clapping)," he told ANC's "Beyond Politics."
Estrada was released on bail last year after being detained for more than three years for his alleged role in the multibillion-peso "pork barrel" scam.
Since his release, Estrada has been making rounds across the country to thank his supporters as he girded for another bid for a Senate seat.
"I've said this in the past, I'm inclined to run for a public position next year sa (in the) Senate kasi marami pa tayong di natatapos sa Senate (because we still have lots to finish in the Senate)," he said.
"Mas mainit ang pagtanggap nila sa akin. Siguro that prompted me to decide na baka kailangan pa nila ako sa Senate," he added.
(Their welcome is warmer. Maybe that prompted me to decide that maybe I am still needed in the Senate.)
Estrada was first elected senator in 2004 and was reelected in 2010.
The former lawmaker, who plans to run under his father Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada's Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino party, said he has also discussed a possible coalition with Duterte-Carpio's regional party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago.
"She's a friend. My dad and his dad, President Duterte are close," Estrada said.
"I was also close with President Duterte during my time as senator and when I was mayor of San Juan so hindi naman iba sa'min 'yung pamilya ni President Duterte," he added.
(The family of President Duterte is no stranger to us.)