FORMER senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito said Friday, September 24, that he will seek a Senate position in the 2022 elections.
Ejercito said he will continue his fight to provide the Filipino a better healthcare system and infrastructure development in the country through the Universal Health Care Law, which he authored.
“Now more than ever, the UHC (Universal Health Care), which is still a work in progress, has to be prioritized and implemented properly. I will work doubly hard in order to achieve this vision,” he said in an online forum.
“Ito ang mga dahilan kung bakit kaya ako nagdedesisyon na muling humarap sa ating mga kababayan at kumandidato pagkasenador sa halalan 2022,” he added.
In 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed UHC into law. It guarantees all Filipinos an equitable access to quality and affordable healthcare goods and services and protection against financial risk.
Ejercito said he will stick to his slogan “The Good One” and will present to the voters his flawless track record.
“Ihaharap ko ulit ang aking track record bilang senador mula 2013 to 2019 bago po ‘yun ay bilang mayor at congressman ng San Juan mula 2001,” he said.
“At higit sa lahat, ang aking track record na walang bahid na pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan. Kahit kapos sa panggastos sa kampanya, ang aking malinis na pangalan at aking track record ang aking magiging pambato sa halalan,” he added.
Ejercito, a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), said he was elated after being included in the senatorial line-up of various political parties.
He said it also affected his decision to make a Senate comeback.
Ejercito said just like in 2019, his Senate race will again be challenging considering the possibility that his half-brother, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, will also seek a Senate seat.
Ejercito blamed Estrada for his loss in the 2019 Senate elections.
Estrada, along with Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla and former senator Juan Ponce Enrile, were detained after being implicated in the controversial pork-barrel fund scam. (SunStar Philippines)