Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada has already intervened to mend the bond between his feuding sons.
Senate President Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada confirmed their father tried to get him reconcile with his half-brother San Juan City Rep. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito over dinner on Sunday night.
“We have gag order,” an evasive Estrada said in an interview.
The senator explained the former president ordered them not publicize nor talk about their “private spat” with media practitioners.
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The younger Estrada failed to confirm whether he has already accepted Ejercito’s public apology for issuing statements about their alleged rivalry.
“Sort of,” Estrada said when asked if he and his brother have made up.
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile doubted the issue will affect the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial campaign for 2013 midterm polls.
Enrile is a high-ranking official in Former President Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), which is in coalition with Vice President Jejomar Binay’s UNA.
“Those are personal things. I do not want to deal with personal things. That has nothing to do with the life and interest of this country,” Enrile said.
“We (UNA) are united. Period. I do not know about the others. UNA is united,” he added.
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The senate president said there is nothing new about rift between Estrada and Ejercito, saying differences among family members are always normal.
“My son, (Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile) and I differ sometimes, and so does brother and sister, brother and brother, sister and sister,” Enrile said.
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