QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Senator Joseph Victor ‘JV’ Ejercito admits that running in the May midterm election is a total gamble as he is running against his brother former Senator Jinggoy Estrada.
Nevertheless, the senator still hopes to get the support of the public based on his achievements in the past six years of service in the Senate.
This year, Senator JV marked his 18 years as a public servant since he started as a mayor and as a representative of San Juan City.
Meanwhile, his brother Jinggoy was out on bail for a existing plunder case at the Sandiganbayan.
“I’ve tried my best to keep my name clean. Kung baga yung tiwalang ipinagkaloob sa akin talagang pinagkaingat-ingatan ko iyan kaya proud ako. Walang bahid ang aking pangalan,” he explained in an interview with Get It Straight with Daniel Razon.
“Not to compare with him (Jinggoy). Kumbaga proud ako sa performance ko saka iyong clean track record. Sabi ko nga eto na lang sana iyong makatulong na makapag-paangat sa aking re-election bid,” the senator added.
Senator JV couldn’t be prouder because two of his authored bills have already been enacted into law – the Universal Health Care and the establishment of the Department of Human Settlement.
However, he still wishes to do more especially for the country’s infrastructure if reelected.
“Hindi kaya sa 3 years o 6 years. Infrastructure development needs long term. (Kuya Daniel) alam mo naman sa ating gobyerno kapag walang nagtutulak, walang nagpe-pressure, baka pabayaan,” he said.
Meanwhile, the senator is open to reviving the death penalty in the country.
“Wala namang may karapatan sa atin na kumuha ng buhay ng bawat isa. Sa akin lang deterrent kasi iyon din,” he explained.
“Ang rason nung mga nahuhuling big time Chinese mainlanders na pag tinatanong sila … kasi dito raw pag nahuli, di ka naman papatayin kaagad,” he added.
Despite his obvious support to the programs of the administration, Senator JV is against the entry of Chinese companies in the country as it might affect the country’s stance on the issue involving the West Philippine Sea.
“Parang bukas na bukas na tayo. Andyan na yung 3rd telco, andyan pa yung CCTV all over, so since may dispute tayo, alam nila kung ano ginagawa natin dito,” Ejercito said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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