JV Ejercito says half-brother’s Senate bid affected his poll ranking

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) — Senator JV Ejercito on Tuesday had an answer for his current poll ranking as well as the failed election bids of some of his kin.

Ejercito, who is currently hanging at the 13th spot of the Senate race, attributed the results to the decision of his family members to run at the same time.

“It's a simple case of spreading ourselves too thin, everybody running for different positions at the same time,” Ejercito said in an interview with CNN Philippines.

Ejercito added the bids—including that of his half-brother Jinggoy Estrada—affected their chances of emerging victorious in the polls.

“I knew it will affect our winning chances. I think all of us will be affected. And I think that's what happened.

“Things happen for a reason. My brother running, him coming out, that really affected my winning chances.”

The incumbent senator is currently fighting for the slim chance to enter the Senate winning circle. Ejercito trails by over 200,000 in votes as of posting time.

Jinggoy, on the other hand, currently sits at the 15th spot.

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Their father Joseph Ejercito Estrada lost the Manila mayoralty to Isko Moreno, while Jinggoy’s daughter Janella Estrada failed in her own bid as San Juan Mayor.

While Ejercito remains hopeful that he can still enter the top 12, he stressed that he can walk away from the political scene with his “integrity intact.”

“Just in case I really don't make it, I'm ready, I can live without politics. I can walk away with my integrity intact. That I am quite proud of,” he noted.