MANILA (Mabuhay) – Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is taking a different view in the decision of Senator JV Ejercito to sign a Senate committee report that recommended the filing of charges against three senators, including his brother Jinggoy Estrada.
Estrada admitted that Jinggoy was hurt by JV’s decision to sign the Blue Ribbon Committee report on the pork barrel scam.
Asked if Ejercito did the right thing, he said: “I think so…In a way, yes, but his signing there hurt Jinggoy.”
Estrada said Ejercito signed the report “with reservation” and even questioned why the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee concentrated on Senators Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile and Bong Revilla in the investigation.
Jinggoy earlier said that he has not spoken to JV after the latter signed the committee report. “Sana inisip na lang niya kung ano ang mararamdaman ng tatay namin sa pagpirma niya ng committee report,” he said.
For his part, JV said he explained to his father the reason why he decided to sign the report.
“I signed with reservation because I was not convinced it was a complete report. It should tackle the entire pork barrel scam, including other bogus non-government organizations and not just those connected to Janet Napoles,” he said.
He also admitted that he did not give both his father and half-brother the heads up.
“I’ll have to be honest. [Jinggoy and I] are not close. He’s always furious with me,” he said.
In the Headstart interview, the former president said it pains him as a father to see his two sons, who are both senators, fighting.
Estrada and Ejercito are sons of the former President, the former to former Senator Loi Estrada while the latter to incumbent San Juan mayor Guia Gomez.
Estrada said he had already tried to make peace between the two a long time ago.
“It pains me as a father. It happens really. You cannot avoid it but eventually I think blood is thicker than water,” he said.
He also said the wedge between the two is due to sibling rivalry since both were elected mayor of San Juan City and now senator.
He said the two sometimes try to one up each other.
Asked who he is closer to, Estrada said: “Both. I am very fair with the two of them.” (MNS)