Erap accompanies Jinggoy in filing COC

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2018 12:26 PM | Updated as of Oct 16 2018 12:43 PM

Former senator Jinggoy Estrada filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on Tuesday, seeking another chance to serve at the Senate.

His wife, Precy, and parents former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada and former Senator Loi Ejercito-Estrada, accompanied Estrada during the filing. 

Estrada, who is facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the priority development assistance fund scam, is running under his father's Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino party. 

Out on bail since last year, Estrada ranked 7th in the Sept. 1 to 7 survey of Pulse Asia, garnering a voter preference of 34.6 percent.

Prior to his new attempt at a seat in Senate, Estrada has served the upper chamber for two consecutive terms, first in 2004 and then reelected in 2010.

Estrada authored the Kasambahay bill, a law that protects the rights of domestic workers in the country.

He also pushed for the creation of a bank for overseas Filipino workers even before President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive ordering the establishment of the OFBank.

He also proposed bills on decriminalization of libel, and reinstituting the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) as mandatory course for all college students in 2007. 

Estrada is the eldest son of Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito "Erap" Estrada with Senator Luisa Pimentel-Ejercito Estrada.

An actor like his father, Estrada was among the youngest ever elected local chief executive at 29. He served for three consecutive terms as mayor of San Juan.

Estrada has been at odds with his half-brother, Sen. JV Ejercito, after the latter's decision to sign a Senate committee report finding him liable in the PDAF scam case in May 2014.