Former Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito will seek a Senate comeback in Eleksyon 2022.
At a virtual press conference Friday, exactly a week before the filing of certificate of candidacy, Ejercito declared his senatorial bid after failing to enter the magic 12 in the 2019 national and local elections.
The former senator vowed to continue his advocacy on Universal Health Care and infrastructure development in the country.
“Ito ang mga dahilan kung bakit kayq ako nagdedesisyon na muling humarap sa ating mga kababayan at kumandidato pagkasenador sa halalan 2022,” Ejercito said.
(These are the reasons why I decided to face to our countrymen and to run for senator in the 2022 elections.)
Sticking to his 2019 campaign slogan—“The Good One”— Ejercito said he will root his campaign on his track record.
“Ihaharap ko ulit ang aking track record bilang senador mula 2013 to 2019 bago po ‘yun ay bilang mayor at congressman ng San Juan mula 2001,” he said.
(I will present my track record as senator from 2013 to 2019 and before that my performance as mayor and congressman in San Juan since 2001.)
“At higit sa lahat, ang aking track record na walang bahid na pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan. Kahit kapos sa panggastos sa kampanya, ang aking malinis na pangalan at aking track record ang aking magiging pambato sa halalan,” he added.
(More than that, my clean track record which has no history of corruption. Despite lacking resources for my campaign, my name and my track record will be my edge in the coming polls.)
To recall, Ejercito had blamed his half-brother, former Senator Jinggoy Estrada, for his loss in the 2019 polls. Both lost their Senate bids at the time.
Both Jinggoy and JV agreed that there must only be one Estrada running for the Senate. In July, Jinggoy said he was inclined to make a Senate comeback in the 2022 elections.
Ejercito said he had consulted his father, former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada before deciding to seek a Senate seat in 2022.
But he said his father no longer meddled on the possibility of two Estradas running for Senate in the upcoming polls again. — RSJ, GMA News