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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 22, 2018

Sen. JV Ejercito Definitely Running For Reelection To Push For His Passion Projects: The Modernization Of Our Railway System & Our Airports

SEN. JV (Joseph Victor) EJERCITO had lunch with some selected members of the press and we asked him about his mom, Mayor Guia Gomez of San Juan. “She’s okay now,” he says. “Nagkasakit siya, parang multiple sclerosis kasi nahihirapan siyang lumakad, pero okay na. Some people are convincing her to run for congress, but ayaw niya. She wants to retire from politics.”

He’s running for reelection next year and we heard his older brother, Jinggoy Estrada, will also run. “Honestly, mas maganda sana kung isa lang sa amin ang tatakbo so there will be better chances of winning, kaysa kung dalawa kami. Also, we represent the Filipino people, na more than 100 million na ngayon, not just our family. I believe we will meet as a family with our dad, who’s the patriarch, to be able to resolve this.”

He wants to run again so he can push for the infrastructure projects of the current administration. “Ako, I support Pres. Duterte because of his infrastructure projects. Napag-iwanan tayo ng ibang bansa kasi kulang tayo sa infrastructure. I will definitely push for the construction of the new railway system from Manila to La Union and also to Sorsogon. Sa ibang bansa, very effective ang trains for mass transport and we should also have that here. I’m also pushing for the modernization of our airports. I think we should develop Clark as an alternative and then we can build express trains servicing the passengers going to and from there. When that Xiamen plane skidded on our runway last weekend, I was one of those affected kasi stranded ako in Davao for two days after the Kadayawan Festival. We stayed in the lounge for 20 hours before we finally got a plane ride back to Manila.”

Sen. JV is a motorbike enthusiast and he goes around the country with other celebrities who have the same hobby, like Dingdong Dantes, Drew Arellano and Sam YG. “Dahil sa motor, narating ko na ang tip ng Luzon, north and south, and I was able to visit far flung places na hindi napupuntahan ng ibang public officials. I learn about their needs and how we in the government can help them.”

Among his legislative accomplishments are the Universal Access to Quality Teritary Education Act, the Unified Student Financial Assistance System Act, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Act, the Philippine Passport Law, the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015 and many more. In the future, he will push for Universal Health Care, Barangay Health Workers Act, On Site In City and Near City Resettlement Program Act and many more.