By Hannah Torregoza
Senators who want to run for re-election are planning to band together for the upcoming May 2019 mid-term elections after noting they have been left out of the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban’s (PDP-Laban) senatorial line-up.
In an interview, Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito said most of them were dismayed after noticing that none of them were prioritized by the ruling administration party in its preliminary list of candidates they intend to field for the senatorial elections.
Ejercito said that, for one, he was surprised at how the Zamoras—particularly father-and-son tandem Ronnie and Francis Zamora—managed to get juicy seats at the PDP-Laban.
The senator said he is certain the PDP-Laban leadership decision to accommodate even rival candidates would pose a problem for the party later on.
Ejercito is a member of the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) which was founded by his father, former president and now Manila city mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada. The senator earlier bared plans to join PDP-Laban for the mid-term elections.
Asked if he still intends to jump ship, Ejercito said he will still consult his other colleauges particularly, the “Senate seatmates.”
He said even Sen. Joel Villanueva, who also had plans to join the PDP-Laban, is having second thoughts after learning the party is fielding a rival in Bocaue, Bulacan.
“Kung ayaw sa amin, okay lang. then we will band together. Magsasama-sama na lang kami,” Ejercito said.
“So whatever happens magkakasama kami (we will stand together),” he pointed out.
Ejercito surmised they were not prioritized especially after members of the Senate figured in a verbal tussle with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez over his “lazy Senate” comment. He said he was one of those who also criticized Alvarez over his statements.
Aside from Ejercito, re-electionist senators include Senators Nancy Binay, Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV, Cynthia Villar, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, and Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.