MANILA - Senator JV Ejercito has made no secret of his disapproval of his brother Jinggoy Estrada's planned Senate comeback.
Ejercito told "Bandila sa DZMM" on Thursday he said he hopes his father, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada, will understand his decision for leaving his father's political party.
"Medyo masama ang loob. He felt hurt. Sana maintindihan nalang niya na prinsipyo ko nalang at paniniwala na hindi kami magandang magsama magkapatid under one party," he said.
Ejercito took oath as a member of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) Wednesday, leaving their patriarch's Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).
"After all, 24 seats lang 'yan. We are running as representatives of the people. Hindi naman kami tumatakbo bilang kinatawan ng pamilya kaya prinsipyo ko nalang po 'yun. Ako na lang po umalis," he said.
Expected to run alongside his brother, Ejercito said it will hurt his chances of getting reelected and it is showing already in the pre-election surveys.
"Dahil hindi talaga ako pabor na 2 kaming tatakbo so differences again in views and positions," he said.
If the senatorial elections were held this month, only Jinggoy would get a favorable statistical chance of winning, a Pulse Asia survey showed.
Some 34.6 percent of adult Filipinos would vote for Jinggoy, landing him at the 6th to 10th places.
Meanwhile, Ejercito got 26.7 percent, sharing the 11th to 17th places with other possible contenders.
In a Social Weather Stations survey, Jinggoy ranked 6th place while Ejercito didn't make it again in the Magic 12.
The filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) started Thursday and Ejercito plans to submit his COC next week.
Because of his lackluster performance in surveys, Ejercito said he will use his father's surname in the COC.
"I will include 'Estrada.' My legal name will be Ejercito, Joseph Victor but my nickname is JV Estrada," he said.
Ejercito is the son of Erap with San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez while Jinggoy is the son of the former President with former Senator Loi Estrada.
Jinggoy is currently out on bail while on trial for plunder and graft for his alleged role in the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam.