MANILA - Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has no problem if two of his sons run for the Senate in the 2019 elections.
This as former Senator Jinggoy Estrada and his younger half-brother Senator JV Ejercito have floated the possibility of seeking a Senate seat in next year's midterm elections.
"When I talked to my dad, he said there's no problem with both of us running. I don't think he will choose between us," Jinggoy Estrada told ANC's "Beyond Politics."
Estrada, who plans to run under his father's Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino party, added that his father would likely allow both him and his brother to run.
"Siyempre, masakit 'yun sa tatay na mamimili ka sa amin di ba
(Of course it would be painful for a father to choose between his sons right)? I think he will allow both of us to run," he said.
Estrada, out on bail since last year as he faced trial for graft and plunder charges over his alleged role in the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, said he has no problem running alongside his brother JV.
The half-brothers have had a rift since Ejercito signed a committee report tagging Estrada in the multibillion-peso fund diversion scam in May 2014.
"Sa akin (For me), it's a non-issue if Senator JV decides to run. In the end, it's the Filipino people who will decide," he said.
Ejercito in July this year confirmed his transfer to the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) from his father's political party. The move was to avoid a possible clash with his half-brother Jinggoy.
"...Parang naisip ko lang na parang hindi maganda kung sakaling magtuloy nga kaming magkapatid na tatakbo, tapos iisa ang aming partido,” JV said.
(I just thought that it seems like a bad idea that my brother and I are in the same party if we both run next year.)
While he claims that his brother's senatorial bid is a non-issue, Estrada said he is banking on his brother's previous statement that he was willing to give way to his bid to return to the legislature.
"If I decide to run sa Senate, he said he will make the 'supreme sacrifice' of withdrawing from the race," Estrada said.