UNA taps Jinggoy Estrada as main endorser, whether brother JV likes it or not

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Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Despite the recent spat between former Joseph Estrada’s sons, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) will still try to convince Sen. Jinggoy Estrada to join the group’s sorties throughout the country to help boost its candidates’ chances at the polls, according to campaign manager Toby Tiangco.

Tiangco said he wants Jinggoy in UNA’s sorties as main endorser especially now that the local campaign season has kicked off and would be taking much of the time of the former president who is running for mayor of Manila.

Jinggoy is seemingly reluctant to campaign for his half-brother Joseph Victor Ejercito, who is running for the Senate.

Tension between the two resurfaced last month after Jinggoy’s planned advertisements to endorse his younger brother failed to push through.

Ejercito later issued a statement saying he did not reject Jinggoy’s endorsement, but that the latter’s proposed TV ads could affect his own, considering the time limits set by the Commission on Elections.

When asked by reporters Sunday night if he was willing to campaign for his half-brother, Jinggoy said his brother does not appear to need his help.

“He does not need my endorsement so I cannot do anything,” Jinggoy said.

Asked if he would campaign for UNA, he replied: “If they need me.”

He also said he intends to focus on helping his father campaign for the Manila mayoralty post and would go house to house to court votes.

But Tiangco said UNA needs Jinggoy in the campaign.

The former president, who has been a crowd drawer at UNA’s sorties, is now expected to devote all his time to the local campaign, Tiangco explained. Another UNA leader, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, cannot join sorties because of his poor eyesight.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, who has also been a staple in many UNA events, is giving priority to his official functions, according to Tiangco.

Tiangco noted that Binay had been tasked by President Aquino to attend an event in Paris later this month and would thus be unable to join UNA rallies.

He said Jinggoy could be a major endorser for UNA since the Senate is on recess and he has no official functions to attend.

UNA candidates resumed their campaign Monday and visited the vote-rich province of Laguna, where they were joined by Gov. Jeorge “ER” Ejercito.

In a statement, the Laguna governor said the UNA candidates had vowed to work for the rehabilitation of the Laguna de Bay to help reduce flooding in lakeside communities.

The project has long been delayed, and so far, the administration has put forward no viable program to address the flooding problem, Ejercito said.

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  • doublecross

    para ano eto, tatay nila mandarambong at magnanakaw. sino ba naman ang boboto d2, yan para sa mahirap, di naman totoo yon, kundi front lang yon, sana naambunan kami ng grasya. sa wala naman ginawa eto sa senate, kundi mgumiti lang at manghusga ng kapwa. tanong ko kung saan nila gigastos yong pera nila para sa mga taong bayan….

    • maypakialamtayo

      sana itanong ng media kung ano na ang nangyare sa bogus na NGO na pinondohan nila (jinggoy, enrile, revilla at cong. velarde) mukhang nakakalimutan na eh!,

      • doublecross

        ayn oo nga ano, kasama pala nila yong tatay ni jackie na magnanakaw, i senate presidant ba yon, nawala nga yon NGO dhl kasabwat nila sa hukos-fokus ng pera. ganito na ba ang senate, puro nakaw nalang ng PERA!

  • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

    ¡UNA SA LAHÁT!

    • ernievictory

      tama ka .ang UNA ay una sa lahat…..ng kabulastugan !

  • doublecross

    esperate move na ba eto, jinggoy. sa dami ng boboto sa iyo, ZERO ang kalabasan nyan.

  • doublecross

    eto ang maganda, lim contra tatlong members ng pamilya, si erap, jinggoy at JV, etong tatlo puro kasunungalingan ang nasa bibig nila,ni wala nga silang plataforma sa maynila, kundi mangorakot.

  • 33Sambuang2

    nakarma na ang isang lider. malapit ng mabulag. me natira pa sa tatlong bugok na mandarambong.

  • doublecross

    mga lahi eto ng magnanakaw, na kagaya ni enrile at binay…..BWESHIT!

  • doublecross

    kung nganakaw ka, lahi ka ng magnanakaw!

  • catmanjohn

    The first step to the Philippines NOT becoming the laughingstock of the world is to get rid of all ESTRADA’s, whatever misleading their last names are.

  • marlaw

    Sa kabila ng pagiging convicted plunderer ng amang si Erap, kung bakit marami pa ring mga kababayan ang nagpapaloko sa mga pang uuto ng mga Estrada. Ang buong akala nila ay isang pelikula ang kanilang pinapanood. Lingid sa kaalaman ng lahat na kinabukasan ng bansa ang nakataya. Sa Manila kapag nanalo si Erap talagang uto-uto nga ang mga kababayang bumoto. Para ano pa na iluklok si Erap? Wala na siyang dapat patunayan pa dahil napatunayan ng wala siyang kakayahang mamuno. Binigyan siya ng pagkakataong maging pangulo pero binaboy lang niya ang panguluhan. Mas inatupag niya ang paglalasing, pagsusugal at pambabae. Ginawang tambayan ng mga kapwa niya sugarol ang Malakanyang. Sana magising naman na ang mga kababayang tulog pa ang kaisipan dahil na rin sa sobrang kapapanood ng telenovela,

  • Milo Go

    A clueless individual leading a group of clueless individuals. Only in the Philippines we can be happy in voting for mediocre candidates who are better at Dancing and Singing instead of focusing on the immediate problems of Filipinos. Most of these comedy in error are clueless in problem solving and too bad most Filipinos will vote for them anyway.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    GOLLY BEE! PINAS TO BE RENAMED AS BEE REPUBLIC? PRESIDENT BINAY, VICE PRES. JINGGOY, SENATE PRES. JACKIE, MAJ FLOOR LDR JV. CUSTOMS COMMISSIONER JPENRILE, BIR COMMISSIONER ERAP, BUDGET SEC. NANCY.
    ano say nyo.

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