This file photos shows half-brothers Jinggoy Estrada and JV Ejercito on the campaign trail. Also in the photo are Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, who was convicted of plunder in 2007.
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JV twits brother Jinggoy: I'm still the good one
Patricia Lourdes Viray ( - May 17, 2019 - 10:43am

MANILA, Philippines — Responding to his half-brother's remarks on the senatorial race, Sen. JV Ejercito stressed that he is still "the good one."

On Thursday night, former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada conceded in the senatorial election as he currently ranks 15th in the partial, unofficial tally of the Commission on Elections transparency server.

In a Facebook post, Estrada congratulated former colleagues Sonny Angara, Koko Pimentel, Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, Pia Cayetano, Lito Lapid and Nancy Binay, who are all in the "magic 12."

Estrada hailed Binay, who is currently placed in the 12th spot. His half-brother Ejercito trails behind Binay in the 13th place.

"Kay Sen. Nancy, alam ko marami ka pang magagawa sa Senado na makakatulong sa ating mga kababayang mahihirap. Keep it up! You deserve to keep the 12th spot because you have a very big heart for the poor and you are the BETTER person among others. Congratulations my friend," Estrada said on Facebook.

Sharing a news article of his brother's statement on Binay, Ejercito tweeted, "And I am really the Good One."

A few hours after tweeting that he is the "good one," Ejercito posted a cryptic tweet which only read "Bitter."

Both Estrada and Ejercito are backed by administration coalition Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

During their final campaign rally before the May 13 elections, Estrada introduced his younger brother Ejercito as "the good one."

Estrada, however, labeled himself as "the better one."

As of 8:29 a.m. Friday, partial unofficial tally show that Ejercito is at the 13th spot with 14,183,061 votes, which is not far away from Binay's 14,409,333 votes at the 12th place.

Estrada is still at the 15th spot with 11,268,201 votes, with 97.88% of total election returns processed.

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