Campaign funding 'main consideration' in 2022 Senate reelection bid — Ejercito

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 15) — Former senator JV Ejercito on Wednesday said campaign funding will be his "main consideration" in his reelection bid next year.

"Funding will be my main consideration in making my final decision as I file my candidacy this October," Ejercito told CNN Philippines' News.PH.

"I have to be honest with you that funding is a major problem for me. Because as I've mentioned I was not prepared to run two consecutive national elections, which is really expensive," he added.

Ejercito ran in the 2019 midterm elections but fell short at 13th place behind Senator Nancy Binay. His half-brother and former senator Jinggoy Estrada only placed 15th.

"I'm hoping that a lot of friends and a lot of people who believe in me would continue to support me...Hopefully, funding and financial support and I would really need that," Ejercito said.

Not yet okay

Following the 2019 elections, Ejercito admitted that everything is not yet okay between him and Jinggoy.

"Because we are again in the same dilemma as like in 2019," he said.

Then incumbent senator Ejercito appealed to his half-brother and their father - former president Joseph Estrada - to let him to continue his Senate stint for another term. However, Jinggoy competed against him in the midterm polls.

"I requested my dad and my brother na patapusin nila ako. I still have things do...Ayun yung hinanakit ko [That's my resentment]," Ejercito said.

"I'm hoping in the future, when our political careers are over, we will just laugh about it. After all, we are brothers," he added.

Jinggoy earlier said he is also inclined to make a Senate comeback in 2022, citing positive results of election surveys.