JV Ejercito: New face, old name

San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito of PMP, meanwhile, proudly proclaimed he is a son of San Juan, but is "para sa bayan." (Photo from his Fanpage)

JV Ejercito is the son former President Joseph Estrada to actress and now San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez.

Ejercito entered politics in 2001 as mayor of what was then the Municipality of San Juan, following in the footsteps of his father, who began his career in the same position in 1967.

Under his term, San Juan saw a revenue boost and was named a city in June 2007. Ejercito's stint as mayor also earned him the Ten Outstanding Young Men in 2007.

After three terms as San Juan's local executive, Ejercito represented the new city in Congress in 2010.

He currently chairs the House Committee on Metro Manila Development and is vice chairman for the committees on Labor and Employment as well as Local Government.

Ejercito has filed a total of 149 House Bills and 18 House Resolutions, five of which have been approved by the House and transmitted to the Senate.

The House also named Ejercito the 9th top prolific lawmaker in the 15th Congress in July 2012.

Ejercito's leadership skills have been touted even before his political career, however.

In 1998, he was named the Most Outstanding Jaycee President for Asia and the PAcific during the 53rd Junior Chamber International World Congress held in Manila.

Ejercito also almost became a congressman that same year, representing Kabataan ng MAsang Pilipino party-list, which he chaired.

He withdrew his nomination, however, amid allegations that he used his father's presidential influence to gain a congressional seat.

Ejercito is also the national founder of a militant anti-drug organization Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga.

He is a commissioned reserve officer of the Philippine Marine Corps with the rank of Major.

Ejercito is also an adopted son of the Philippine Military Academy's Class '88 "Maringal."

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