Both Jinggoy Estrada and JV Ejercito in Duterte's Senate slate

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MANILA, Philippines – The two feuding sons of former president Joseph Estrada are in President Rodrigo Duterte's personal Senate slate.

Duterte announced on Friday, February 8, that former senator and plunder defendant Jinggoy Estrada will be getting his endorsement for senator in the upcoming May elections.

Estrada was present at Duterte's event with barangay officials in Legazpi City, Albay.

"Kandidato ko, pati kay Inday. Magkaiba kami ng ticket. We are supporting [him]," Duterte said before holding up Estrada's hand.

(My candidate, and also Inday's. We have different tickets. We are supporting him.)

Last January 29, Duterte had announced that JV Ejercito, a reelectionist senator, will also be in his slate.

"Senator JV Ejercito, kandidato ko rin siya (he is also my candidate)," Duterte said during the groundbreaking for a new hospital in Malabon City.

Both Estrada and Ejercito are in the two slates of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio's Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP). The two are not on speaking terms – something the presidential daughter often likes to mention during HNP events.

The feud was aggravated by their father, Joseph Estrada, deciding to support the Senate comeback of Jinggoy when JV had already made plans to seek reelection. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.

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