Jinggoy Estrada ‘inclined’ to run for Senate again

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23) — Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada said he is likely to seek a return to the Senate in 2022.

“I am inclined to,” Jinggoy told CNN Philippines. “Well, it depends on the survey, the results of the survey. Anyway, October is already fast approaching, and we’ll know by then."

He was referring to the filing of certificates of candidacy on October 1 to 8.

The actor-turned-lawmaker served two terms as senator from 2004 to 2016, the last two years of which were spent in jail due to plunder charges in connection with the pork barrel scam. He was released on bail in 2017 after three years in jail, but his plunder case remains pending.

Jinggoy is now president of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), the party founded by his father, former President Joseph Estrada. He said the group is working to forge coalitions with a number of political parties, but he refused to disclose details, saying talks are ongoing.

“All I can say is we’re going to have a coalition with other major political parties in the Philippines,” he said.

Jinggoy and his half-brother, former Senator JV Ejercito, both vied for Senate seats in 2019 and were part of the 13-man slate endorsed by Hugpong ng Pagbabago, the party led by presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

The feuding brothers failed to make it to the winning 12 senators as Jinggoy settled in the 15th spot and Ejercito ranked 13th. A year before the midterm elections, Ejercito left the PMP amid disagreements about pitting two members of the family against each other in the senatorial race.

Ejercito earlier told CNN Philippines he wanted to make a Senate comeback but that would depend on the availability of campaign funds. He’s now with the Nationalist People’s Coalition, which is planning to field two other former lawmakers – House Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, and Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero.

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