Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito has said on Monday that he is backing the Senate President endorsement of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for the 17th Congress.
The senator – who supported Senator Grace Poe’s presidential candidacy in the recent May 2016 national elections – revealed that he had met with Duterte three weeks ago and discussed a candidate to endorse for the highest post in the Senate.
“May inendorso sya pero secret muna, sa amin na lang daw muna (He endorsed someone but would like to keep it a secret between us for now)… I’d give him all the support that he would need,” the senator said.
Ejercito – a member of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) led by outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay – also expressed his desire to become a part of the majority party in the Senate this time around.
“Gusto ko naman sigurong makatikim kung paano ang nasa itaas, hindi pa ako nakakatikim ng administration e lagi akong opposition (I would like to experience what it would feel like to be a part of the majority, I have never experienced being a part of the administration because I was always a part of the opposition.) Since 2001 na nag-mayor ako hanggang ngayon (Since 2001 when I was elected as a mayor until now), I’ve always been with the opposition…” he said.
When Ejercito was reminded that his fellow minority bloc member, Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, is also a major contender for the Senate presidency, Ejercito responded that he is hoping to have a “super coalition” or a “super majority” so that he can be a part of the majority.
“Sabi naman ni (Senator Tito) (Senator Tito said), he’s forming a coalition in support of the incoming administration so kung pwedeng magkaroon ng super coalition muna (if it is possible to have super coalition) as of the moment, that will be nice kasi ang hirap din (because it’s difficult),” Ejercito lamented.