MANILA - Re-electionist Senator JV Ejercito said Thursday he is likely leaving his father's political party because of the "awkward" environment, with him and brother Jinggoy Estrada running for the Senate next year.
Ejercito, former President Joseph Estrada's son with San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez, said he might transfer to the Nationalist People's Coalition, where he is friends with "90 percent" of the members.
"It’s so awkward that I already said I might leave the party. I might join the NPC, Nationalist People’s Coalition…It does not look good that 2 siblings will be running together, running under one party," he told ANC's Headstart.
Asked why he would be the one to leave the party when he's gunning for his second term, Ejercito said: "Well it’s their party. He’s the kuya."
He said he is leaving also because there are "differences in principles" between him and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, the political party headed by his father, who still enjoys a strong following.
"I most likely would leave the party soon...I still think of my principles that we are running not as representatives of our family. We are running as representatives of our people," he said.
Ejercito recalled that when he clinched a Senate seat in 2013, he "almost won on my own."
"My dad was busy campaigning for himself, all his political machinery were in Manila and we had a disagreement--I do not want to bring this up, but it's about my brother also," he said.
He said he might move to NPC, where his family continues to have good alliances after the elder Estrada ran along with party-president Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco in the 1992 elections.
He is also expecting support from incumbent senators who agreed to campaign for re-electionists such as himself, Senators Grace Poe, Nancy Binay, Sonny Angara, and Cynthia Villar.