MANILA—Despite their differences, aspiring senator Jinggoy Estrada said on Saturday he is willing to help half-brother Senator JV Ejercito who is seeking reelection in the 2019 polls.
Speaking to DZMM Teleradyo, Estrada said he has already sent an emissary to Ejercito's camp but there has been no response as of the moment.
"Meron akong emissary na pinapunta doon sa kanilang kampo. Sabi ko I'm willing to help Senator JV . . . Pero wala pa namang sagot. Kinausap na yata 'yung mommy niya," he said.
Estrada and Ejercito, sons of former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada with two different women, are both seeking Senate seats this 2019.
Estrada has been at odds with Ejercito after the latter's decision to sign a Senate committee report finding him liable in the multi-billion peso PDAF scam case in May 2014.
He was released on bail last year after being detained for more than three years on graft and plunder charges for his alleged role in the "pork barrel" scam.
An anti-political dynasty bill advocate, Ejercito had been vocal about his disapproval to the idea of both of them running under one party, as it is against his principles.
But Estrada said he does not mind that both of them are seeking Senate seats and he even hopes that the two of them win in the upcoming elections.
"Kapatid ko pa rin 'yan. Kung ako nga masusunod gusto ko manalo kaming dalawa. I know he needs help right now because I know he's quite low in the surveys," he said.
A recent Pulse Asia survey ranked Estrada higher than Ejercito in senatorial preferences. The poll put Estrada in sixth to 10th places, and Ejercito in the 11th to 17th range.
Asked about his father's opinion on the rift between them, Estrada said their patriarch still wants them to work together.
"He's still hoping na balang araw magkasundo kaming lahat. Kasi, of course, my dad is not young anymore, he's not getting any younger," he said.