Senatorial candidate JV Ejercito Estrada say he is learning that being a top contender in the coming elections is to become a magnet for invented charges, just like the one linking him to having squirreled away a lot of money in undeclared Virgin Islands accounts. But then JV, the son of Erap, is no stranger to how black propaganda is used to bring down political enemies, having seen such moves employed against his father when he was President.
Now that JV is landing in the top three in surveys for the Senate, he is not surprised at the attacks. These started, he said, after Holy Week with an advertisement claiming that he was the top spender for political ads.
This was followed by a television report alleging that he had supposedly snubbed a niece during a political rally.
JV now believes that the reports of his having an undeclared offshore account for his businesses are yet another ploy to link him to a scandal. After three terms as mayor and now as congressman of San Juan, these efforts have been unsuccessful; at least his detractors are being consistent.
Unlike most other members of so-called political dynasties, JV has always distinguished himself in public service. Under his term as mayor, San Juan’s revenue quadrupled to P1.1 billion, from an annual income of P300 million when he first assumed the mayorship in 2001.
JV won a seat in the House of Representatives in 2010 when he completed three terms as mayor of San Juan. He was one of the principal authors of the landmark Kasambahay Law and many other legislative measures intended to “nationalize” his success in San Juan when he was its mayor.
But JV has always been a businessman, as well, having put up– mostly with his mother Guia – about 30 companies in the food and real estate industries. “My father wanted me to become a successful businessman, but circumstances forced me to enter politics in 2001. My father was a victim of a conspiracy. I was tasked to carry the torch of the family, so to speak.”
JV has every reason to liken the current demolition job against him to the 2001 effort to oust his father from office. The personalities behind the attacks against his father and now working against him are practically the same, he said.
As forgiveness is an expression of love. I forgive all those persons who have offended me.
I ask for forgiveness from all those persons, whose feelings, faith and dignity, I have offended in thoughts, words and deeds. For all my shortcomings, weakness and wrongdoings, I am truly sorry. To my Family, friends, colleagues and community, I am very much sorry.
This Easter, as the Risen Lord has shown us, let us start our life anew.
Let us pray for greater fortitude, temperance, humility, prudence and mercy in ourselves.
Cong JV Ejercito Estrada gives us hope and glee. He has more than common sense with absolutely no pretense. He gives us hope, offers strategies to cope. Comprehends and share our hopes. Works well and never mopes. He has vision for the country with no thought of any booty. Gifted with intelligence. With no tolerance for nonsense.
“Being a state university which gets the biggest share of the annual budget for state universities and colleges [SUCs], UP should never close its doors on poor but deserving students.”—JV EJERCITO ESTRADA
“I’ve been fighting for higher subsidy for State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) since 2010. Poor but deserving students should assisted by the government to finish their studies.”—Cong JV EJERCITO ESTRADA
UNA Senatorial candidate San Juan City Rep. JV Ejercito condemned the refusal of University of the Philippines Manila to allow one of its poor students to continue with her studies due to her inability to pay her tuition.