JV Ejercito

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The Honourable
JV Ejercito
JV Ejercito 2016 (cropped).jpg
Senator of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2013
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Health and Demography Committee
Assumed office
February 27, 2017
Preceded by Risa Hontiveros
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Urban Planning, Housing
and Resettlement Committee
Assumed office
July 22, 2013
Preceded by Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from San Juan City
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2013
Preceded by Ronaldo Zamora
Succeeded by Ronaldo Zamora
Mayor of San Juan City
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2010
Preceded by Jinggoy Estrada
Succeeded by Guia Gomez
Personal details
Born Joseph Victor Gomez Ejercito
(1969-12-26) December 26, 1969 (age 48)
Manila, Philippines
Political party NPC
Other political
UNA (2012-2016)
PMP (2001-2018)[1]
Spouse(s) Ma. Hyacinth Lotuaco
Relations Joseph Estrada (father)
Guia Gomez (mother)
Jinggoy Estrada (half-brother)
Alma mater De La Salle University
Profession Politician
Website http://jvestrada.com/

Joseph Victor Gomez Ejercito (born December 26, 1969 in Manila), commonly known as JV Ejercito or JV Ejercito Estrada, is the son of Philippine President Joseph Estrada.

Early life[edit]

Joseph Victor "JV" G. Ejercito was born 26 December 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.[2]

Political career[edit]

San Juan mayor[edit]

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


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:[3]

  • HB 4225: Participatory Governance Through CSOs Empowerment Act of 2011[4]
  • HB 4541: Mercury Exposure Information Act of 2011[5]
  • HB 4565: Local Housing Boards Act[6]
  • HB 5870: Cadastral Survey Act of 2012[7]
  • HB 6144: Domestic Workers Act of 2012 or Kasambahay Bill [8]


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.[9]

Graft charges, arrest and acquittal[edit]

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. The said case involved the purchase of PhP 2.1 million worth of firearms using calamity funds. It is alleged that Ejercito approved the purchase in April 2008 despite the city not being under a state of calamity.[10]

On February 20, 2017, the Sandiganbayan affirmed the acquittal from graft of Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito over the alleged anomalous use of calamity funds for the purchase of high-powered firearms when he was San Juan City mayor.[citation needed]

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.[11] He has also raced in the Toyota Vios Cup.[12][13]


  1. ^ http://www.rappler.com/nation/152633-future-member-jv-ejercito-pdp-laban-dinner
  2. ^ "JV Ejercito: San Juan's Son (AB Political Science)". Impak ng Sikat -DLSU Philippines. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  3. ^ "House Members of the 15th Congress of the Philippines". House Members of the Philippine Congress. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  4. ^ "HB 4225: Participatory Governance Through CSOs" (PDF). Philippine Congress. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Mercury Exposure Information Act of 2011" (PDF). Philippine Congress. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 August 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Local Housing Boards Act" (PDF). Philippine Congress. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 August 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Cadastral Survey Act of 2012" (PDF). Philippine Congress. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 August 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Domestic Workers Act of 2012 or Kasambahay Bill" (PDF). Philippine Congress. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Rep. JV Ejercito visits Zambo, announces senatorial bid". zamboangatoday.ph. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Sandiganbayan issues arrest warrant for JV Ejercito". philstar.com. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  11. ^ Ballaran, Jhoanna (September 7, 2017). "In jest, Ejercito posts photo of own tattoo on Instagram". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  12. ^ Tulio, Jason (June 13, 2017). "Senator JV Ejercito wins his first-ever Vios Cup race". Top Gear Philippines. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Vios Cup third and final leg at McKinley West". Philippine Daily Inquirer. October 18, 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2017.