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JV, Jinggoy raise each other’s hands at campaign kickoff

BLOOD IS THICKER THAN POWER? Brothers JV Ejercito (left) and Jinggoy Estrada (right) raise their hands together as a gesture of support during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign launch in San Fernando, Pampanga on Tuesday. The erstwhile estranged half-brothers joined other senatorial candidates running under Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago as the official campaign period for the election opens. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

PAMPANGA – Re-electionist Senator JV Ejercito and his half-brother, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, set aside their feud on Tuesday as they shared the same stage during the launch of the campaign of the administration coalition, Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

The two also raised each other’s hands as Ejercito approached the rostrum to give his brief speech. This prompted the crowd to cheer loudly, aware of the rift between the two.

“At siyempre nandito po, mukhang ilang taong kaming hindi nagkamayan, [former] Senator Jinggoy Estrada,” Ejercito said.

Ejercito previously said he hopes to avoid a possible clash with Jinggoy in the upcoming elections. Jinggoy, however, said their father has no problem with having both sons running for public office.

Jinggoy’s decision to seek a Senate comeback prompted Ejercito to leave Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, the political party of their father, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

This decision strained Ejercito’s relationship with their father among other things, said Estrada.

Ejercito is Joseph Estrada’s son with former actress and now San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez, while Jinggoy is an offspring of the Manila mayor and Loi Ejercito Estrada.