MANILA - Senator JV Ejercito on Monday made his reelection bid official and filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections.
The son of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez, Ejercito pushed through with his bid amid the plan of his half-brother, former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, to return to the chamber.
The two have been divided by a rift over Ejercito's decision to sign a Senate committee report finding Estrada liable in the multibillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund scam in May 2014.
The latter was detained for 3 years before being allowed to post bail in September last year as he faced trial at the Sandiganbayan.
Ejercito was first elected senator in 2013. Prior to his stint in the Senate, he served as representative of San Juan, and then as San Juan City mayor for three consecutive terms from 2001 to 2010.
It was during Ejercito's term as mayor when San Juan City was recognized as a highly urbanized city in 2007. It was also due to his accomplishments as city mayor that Ejercito received the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) award for Public Service and Governance in 2007.
As a member of the 15th Congress, Ejercito chaired the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, and became Vice Chairman of the Committees on Labor and Employment, and Local Government.
He has also authored 149 House Bills and 18 House resolutions, one of which was the "Kasambahay Bill."
Ejercito ranked 17th in a recent Pulse Asia survey on likely winners in the mid-term senatorial race, while Estrada ranked 7th. The pollster said the list represents individuals who "would have a statistical chance of winning" the elections.
Ejercito is married to Ma. Hyacinth Lotuaco. They have two sons, Jose Emilio and Julio Jose.
Aside from being a lawmaker, Ejercito is a commissioned reserve officer of the Philippine Marine Corps with the rank of Major and an adopted member of the Philippine Military Academy Maringal Class of 1988.