JV Ejercito endorses no local bets in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 March 2013 10:53

San Juan Congressman and United Nationalists Alliance’ (UNA) senatorial frontrunner Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito has chosen the safest way to earn votes in Zamboanga City.

This, after his much-awaited campaign sortie here last Thursday, saw no endorsement of candidates, especially, of UNA bets vying for different local elective posts in the May 13  elections.

During a very short press conference, Ejercito, son of former President Joseph Estrada, clarified without reservations, that his non-endorsement of any local candidate was an earlier agreement between and among local UNA bets, for him to project his senatorial bid following his plunging survey rating lately, from being withthe  “Top 5” to numbers 9 to 10, respectively.

“I’m not dipping my hands into local politics, as I am trying to also get the support of the other side (referring to other political groups in the city, other than UNA),” the three-termer solon said.

Ejercito claimed to have learned that Liberal Party (LP) as well as Nationalista Party (NP) candidates, headed by mayoralty aspirants Ma Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and Erico Basilio Fabian, are said to be supporting his senatorial bid in Zamboanga City.

Both Climaco-Salazar and Fabian have been Ejercito’s colleagues in present and past congress at the House of Representatives, While Incumbent Mayor Celso Lobregat and the Lobregat clan are noted friends of the Estrada’s, dating back to the late Mayor Ma Clara Lobregat’s time, having supported the presidency of Ex-President Estrada.

“As a national candidate, it is better for me not to endorse anybody, so everybody can help and push for my candidacy through victory”, Ejercito added.

A random inquiry from among local UNA bets relative to said matter,and showed that all of them have agreed and understood Ejercito’s predicament, given his present survey rating.

An UNA official said such agreement became acceptable to UNA local bets during a meeting last Thursday afternoon, after Ejercito promised to extend support to his local counterparts “in another way”, other than political endorsements.

Seen with Ejercito in a gathering at a local hotel last Thursday, were District 1 congressional aspirant Crisanto “Monsi” dela Cruz, District 2 congressional bet Mannix Dalipe, vice mayoralty aspirant Mercy Arquiza-Fernandez and UNA council aspirants from both districts.

Embattled UNA mayoralty aspirant Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos was not present — Philip Abuy