JV Ejercito

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JV Ejercito
Sen. JV Ejercito - 2018 (cropped).jpg
Ejercito in 2018
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2019
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Health and Demography Committee
In office
February 27, 2017 – June 30, 2019
Preceded byRisa Hontiveros
Succeeded byBong Go
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Urban Planning, Housing
and Resettlement Committee
In office
July 22, 2013 – June 30, 2019
Preceded byFerdinand Marcos Jr.
Succeeded byVacant
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from San Juan City
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2013
Preceded byRonaldo Zamora
Succeeded byRonaldo Zamora
Mayor of San Juan City
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2010
Preceded byJinggoy Estrada
Succeeded byGuia Gomez
Personal details
Joseph Victor Gomez Ejercito

(1969-12-26) December 26, 1969 (age 49)
Manila, Philippines
Political partyPDP-Laban (2016-present)
Other political
UNA (2012–2016)
PMP (2001–2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Ma. Hyacinth Lotuaco
RelationsJoseph Estrada (father)
Guia Gomez (mother)
Jinggoy Estrada (half-brother)
Alma materDe La Salle University

Joseph Victor Gomez Ejercito (born December 26, 1969), commonly known as JV Ejercito or JV Ejercito Estrada, is a Filipino politician and legislator who served as a Senator of the Phlippines, he is the son of former Philippine president Joseph Estrada. Ejercito first served as Mayor of San Juan from 2001 to 2010 before running and winning a seat in the congress for one term in 2010 serving up to 2013. After finishing his only term as a Congressman, he ran immediately and won a bid in the Senate in 2013.

Ejercito credits himself as the author of the Universal Health Care Act of the Philippines.[2]

Early life[edit]

Joseph Victor "JV" G. Ejercito was born December 26, 1969 to the then newly elected San Juan City Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada and businesswoman and now current mayor of San Juan, Guia Gomez.


He attended Xavier School for his primary and secondary education and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at De La Salle University.[3]

Political career[edit]

San Juan mayor[edit]

Ejercito served as mayor of San Juan City for three consecutive terms from 2001 to 2010.

House of Representatives[edit]

During the 2010 elections, Ejercito ran for the position of congressman for the lone district of San Juan. Over the course of his term, Ejercito authored and/or sponsored 161 bills and/or House measures, five of which were approved by the House and passed to the Senate for consideration:[4]

  • HB 4225: Participatory Governance Through CSOs Empowerment Act of 2011[5]
  • HB 4541: Mercury Exposure Information Act of 2011[6]
  • HB 4565: Local Housing Boards Act[7]
  • HB 5870: Cadastral Survey Act of 2012[8]
  • HB 6144: Domestic Workers Act of 2012 or Kasambahay Bill [9]


On October 1, 2012, Ejercito filed his certificate of candidacy for the 2013 Philippine senate elections, in which he won as the eleventh out of twelve of the senators elected.[10]

During his six years in the Senate, Ejercito filed a total of 140 bills and resolutions. Ejercito also chaired the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs and the Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement and the Health and the Demography Committee in the 17th Congress.

On April 6, 2016, Sandiganbayan Fifth Division issued an arrest warrant against Ejercito and four other government officials, in connection with allegations on misuse of funds during his term as San Juan City mayor.[11] However, Ejercito was cleared of the charges because the case was dismissed.[12]

Ejercito ran and launched a campaign to secure a second consecutive-term in the 2019 Philippine Senate election, his candidacy was endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte.[13] His brother, former Senator Jinggoy, who was previously jailed & charged with multiple counts of plunder in 2014, also sought a Senate return. During the campaign, the siblings had a disagreement[14] in the idea of them running at the same time, Ejercito expressed that Estrada running would "ruin his chances", he also threw shade against Estrada as he referred himself as "The Good One" in political ads. After conceding defeat, his brother Jinggoy wished that Senator Nancy Binay would make it over Ejercito, with both senators vying for the last spot in the partial and unofficial count, Ejercito responded by telling Estrada that he placed 13th in his own hometown, “Let him speak... It’s painful to accept that even in your own bailiwick you are unwanted,".[15] Eventually, the siblings both lost as Ejercito ended up in 13th place, just a spot outside the winning circle, while Estrada finished at 15th place.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Hyacinth "Cindy" Lotuaco with whom he has a son, Julio Jose. He also has an older son, Jose Emilio. Joseph Victor is also a Commissioned Reserve Officer of the Philippine Marine Corps with the rank of Major. He is an adopted member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of '88, Maringal.

Ejercito has a tattoo on his right arm: A red eight-rayed sun with the baybayin character for ka at the center, and the phrase Para sa Bayan ("For the country") and the letter "K" on top of the sun.[16] He has also raced in the Toyota Vios Cup.[17][18]


  1. ^ Cepeda, Mara. "'Future' member JV Ejercito attends PDP-Laban dinner". Rappler.
  2. ^ "UHC Act in the Philippines: a new dawn for health care". World Health Organization. March 14, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "JV Ejercito: San Juan's Son (AB Political Science)". Impak ng Sikat -DLSU Philippines. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "House Members of the 15th Congress of the Philippines". House Members of the Philippine Congress. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "HB 4225: Participatory Governance Through CSOs" (PDF). Philippine Congress. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 25, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "Mercury Exposure Information Act of 2011" (PDF). Philippine Congress. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 6, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  7. ^ "Local Housing Boards Act" (PDF). Philippine Congress. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 6, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "Cadastral Survey Act of 2012" (PDF). Philippine Congress. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 6, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  9. ^ "Domestic Workers Act of 2012 or Kasambahay Bill" (PDF). Philippine Congress. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 22, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  10. ^ "Rep. JV Ejercito visits Zambo, announces senatorial bid". zamboangatoday.ph. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  11. ^ "Sandiganbayan issues arrest warrant for JV Ejercito". philstar.com. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  12. ^ Ayalin, Adrian. "Sandigan affirms dismissal of JV Ejercito firearms case". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  13. ^ Elemia, Camille. "Duterte officially endorses 11 chosen candidates for May 2019". Rappler.
  14. ^ Torregoza, Hannah. "Senator JV Ejercito says plunder case against his father was more political than legal". news.mb.com.ph. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  15. ^ Esguerra,, Christian V. "Jinggoy hails Nancy, mocks half-brother JV in battle for 12th spot". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved May 16, 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  16. ^ Ballaran, Jhoanna (September 7, 2017). "In jest, Ejercito posts photo of own tattoo on Instagram". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  17. ^ Tulio, Jason (June 13, 2017). "Senator JV Ejercito wins his first-ever Vios Cup race". Top Gear Philippines. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  18. ^ "Vios Cup third and final leg at McKinley West". Philippine Daily Inquirer. October 18, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2017.