By Mario Casayuran
Re-electionist Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito feels he could have safely landed in the “Magic 12” in the senatorial race if not for two factors.
Ejercito cited the failure of the influential Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) to give him even just one third of its equalizing three million votes thrown to his half brother, former Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada; and the failure of his father, former President and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, to prevail upon Jinggoy not to run for the Senate so that he alone could seek a senatorial berth.
Based on the partial and official tally, Ejercito is in 13th spot just behind re-electionist Senator Nancy Binay who is at the 12th place.
Jinggoy, on the other hand, is on the 15th spot.
The Estrada dynasty was skewered in the May 13 elections with the two sons of President Estrada on the verge of losing and the loss of Jinggoy’s daughter, Janella, in the San Juan mayoral race, and the elder Estrada’s nephew in the Laguna gubernatorial race.
The elder Estrada reportedly blamed himself for the dual “loss” of JV and Jinggoy because he had the paternal pressure to exert on either of his two sons to give way to the other.
Another was that the Estrada clan spread itself too thin, JV explained.
“You don’t think too many battles,’’ he added.
“Everything happens for reason,” JV told the DWIZ in a radio interview Saturday on why he continues to be on the 13th slot or that he might even lose.
He said he is recovering from a three-day flu that hit him just after the elections.
“There is life outside politics. Naghihinayang ako. You know how I worked for government and county,” he said, citing his “Universal Health Care” law as his premier landmark.
JV said he is not sad because he knew that people supported him.
He said his legacy is “to leave his integrity intact, my name is clear… no issue against me and my track record is clean.”