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Jinggoy Estrada out of PDP-Laban Senate slate, JV Ejercito in — Pimentel

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 04:02 PM April 19, 2018

Former  Senator  Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada  is  out  of  the list of  possible  senatorial  bets  of  the ruling PDP-Laban  because of  his  half-brother, incumbent Sen. JV Ejercito.

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has also admitted that he chose  Ejercito over  Estrada to be part of the lineup  because of his commitment to push  for the incumbent’s inclusion in the slate.

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“Andyan si JV sa  listahan e,”  Pimentel, PDP-Laban party president,  said in a phone patch interview with Senate reporters on   Thursday.

“Sana ma-gets na ninyo,” he added.

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Asked  if he  chose  Ejercito over   Estrada,  Pimentel   answered “Yes.”

“Kasi commitment   ko kay  JV yan na ipu-push ko yung inclusion nya sa PDP-Laban,”  added the Senate leader.

Sought for comment,   Ejercito thanked  Pimentel for his “trust and confidence” but clarified  that   there was no condition imposed that only one member of the family could  be  included in the ticket.

“I am thankful to SP Koko for that trust and confidence, but it was really his decision, there is no condition imposed that there should only be one member of the family,”   he said in a text message.

“I didn’t ask for this. Perhaps SP Koko knows the performance of his colleagues in the Senate, that is probably his basis for giving priority to re-electionists,” he added.

Estrada earlier expressed his desire to be part of the PDP-Laban senatorial ticket. Should he not be chosen by the party, Estrada said he would just run as an independent candidate.

“Basta ako (As for me) I will run under the administration ticket,” he said in an interview last week.

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“If they will not get me, I will run as an independent but I will be supportive of the administration of President Duterte no matter what happens,” the former senator added.

READ: Jinggoy: I will run for senator in 2019 polls        /muf

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