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Rep. JV Ejercito visits Zambo, announces senatorial bid


San Juan Representative JV Ejercito Estrada, the son of former President Joseph Estrada, visited the city yesterday and announced that he is running for senator in the forthcoming May 2013 elections.

"I will be running for the senate in 2013. The rating has been consistent so I will be running for the senate under the banner of UNA (United Nationalist Coalition)," Ejercito said in a press conference with local reporters at Garden Orchids Hotel.

The solon, also former mayor of San Juan, has been constantly landed in the top five of senate race surveys.

He said he would like to share the success of San Juan to other local government units to continue his youth advocacies and to look into the tourism and agricultural sectors as his focus in case elected in the senate.

He promised that if there is any measure that would improve and hasten the development of Mindanao and help its people, "you can rely of my support. I will surely support and fight for that."

When asked whom he will endorse or support in the local politics, Ejercito said that as much as possible he does not want to meddle in local politics because he does know the situation.

He, however, indicated there are officials who are still friends like Mayor Celso Lobregat and former Zamboanga del Norte Congressman Romeo Jalosjos.

"So most likely I will be asking support, but as much as possible I don't want to be get entangled with the local squabble because I'm running for national position. It t will be disadvantageous if I side with one group and it would be better if both groups carry you."

Ejercito was guest speaker of honor during the second day of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) 3rd Quarterly National Executive Officers and National Board Meeting which begun Wednesday at the  Garden Orchids Hotel.

During his speech, he emphasized leadership virtues and local management principles and style to the members of the PCL based from his long experience as a former local government executive for three terms, particularly on his various achievements in San Juan.

His stint as local chief executive was laudable for embarking on his successful pro-poor projects, social reform and poverty alleviation programs as well as his efficient tax collection and sound fiscal management.

With his effective pro-poor programs which he initiated Ejercito while observing transparency and accountability, he was able to increase local revenues from over P300M to P1-Billion by the end of his term  prior his election as new member of the House of Representative.

As indicated, San Juan has a low poverty incidence of only 3 percent compared to other towns which he attributes to good governance.

Exchanges on various issues and concerns pertaining the country with members of the local tri-media personalities through interviews was also spent by Cong. Ejercito while briefly here in the city.

JV Ejercito met City Mayor Celso Lobregat when he paid a courtesy call at the city hall. He stayed overnight in the city to also meet friends and other leaders and supporters. He flew back to Manila Friday. Hader Glang with reports from Bernie Concepcion

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