Jinggoy Estrada

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Jinggoy Estrada
Official photo of Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada.jpg
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2005 – June 30, 2016
President of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
June 5, 2013 – June 30, 2013
PresidentBenigno S. Aquino III
Preceded byJuan Ponce Enrile
Succeeded byFranklin Drilon
23nd President pro tempore of the Philippine Senate
In office
July 23, 2007 – June 30, 2013
PresidentGloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Benigno S. Aquino III
Preceded byJuan Flavier
Succeeded byRalph Recto
Mayor of San Juan, Metro Manila
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 2001
Preceded byAdolfo Sto. Domingo
Succeeded byJoseph Victor Ejercito
Vice Mayor of San Juan, Metro Manila
In office
June 30, 1988 – June 30, 1992
Personal details
José Pimentel Ejército, Jr.

(1963-02-17) February 17, 1963 (age 56)
Manila, Philippines
Political partyPwersa ng Masang Pilipino
United Nationalist Alliance
Spouse(s)Ma. Presentacion Vitug
ChildrenJanella Marie
Joseph Luis Manuel
Julian Emilio
ParentsJoseph Estrada (father)
Loi Estrada (mother)
ResidenceSan Juan City, Metro Manila
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines Manila
Lyceum of the Philippines University
OccupationActor, Producer, Politician

José Pimentel Ejército, Jr. (born February 17, 1963[1]), better known as Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada or simply Jinggoy Estrada, is the son of former Philippine President Joseph Estrada. He is an actor and a senator.

Early life and education[edit]

Estrada was born on February 17, 1963. He finished his primary and secondary education at the Ateneo de Manila University and earned a degree in A.B. Economics from the University of the Philippines Manila. He took up Bachelor of Laws for four years at the Lyceum of the Philippines University while serving as Vice Mayor of the then Municipality of San Juan at the age of 25. He was also bestowed an honorary Doctorate in Humanities in 2007 by the Laguna State Polytechnic University.

Political career[edit]

Mayor of San Juan City (1992 - 2001)[edit]

In 1992, he became the youngest ever elected-local chief executive in the entire nation at age 29. For three (3) consecutive terms, he administered the economic, social, political, and cultural affairs of the Municipality of San Juan beyond everyone's expectations. He spearheaded various projects and programs for the improvement of the said municipality in the form of - construction of modernized Barangay Halls with Day Care Centers in all Barangays, repair and renovation of the now San Juan National High School, and other public elementary schools, recreation centers like gymnasiums, basketball courts and play grounds and the creation of different livelihood centers, improvement and replacement of drainages, concreting of municipal roads and the construction of a four-storey San Juan Medical Center and the San Juan Municipal Gymnasium. During his incumbency, San Juan gained the reputation of being one of the most progressive municipalities and the Most Peaceful Municipality in the Philippines.[2]

During his final tenure as Mayor, he was sworn into office as the National President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) from 1998 to 2001.

Senator (2004 - 2016)[edit]

In 2004, he was elected as senator. During his first term, he introduced at least 617 bills and resolutions and steered the passage of at least 16 bills either as principal sponsor or principal author. Jinggoy is hailed as the second most productive and prolific senator, next to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who filed the most number of bills and resolutions in the Senate. [3]

On July 23, 2007, Estrada was elected as Senate president pro tempore.

On August 15, 2007, the Supreme Court voted 13-0 to uphold the Sandiganbayan's decision to grant his bail in connection with his plunder case before the graft court. His father, former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada was the main accused in that plunder case, and was subsequently convicted. However, Erap was immediately pardoned by then Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.[4] On September 11, 2007 Estrada introduced Senate bill 1556, proposing to make ROTC mandatory for all college students.

Jinggoy was acquitted in the plunder charge.[5]

In 2010, he was reelected as senator, finishing in the 2nd place. During the opening of the 15th Congress on July 26, 2010, he was reelected as Senate president pro tempore.

During his stint in the Senate, he had been consistently hailed as one of the very few senators who scored perfect attendance, with no absence or late during the chamber's plenary sessions.[6]

He is presently accused of another plunder charge at the Ombudsman relating to Janet Lim Napoles' pork barrel scam involving P10 billion of the people's money. Two other senators—Juan Ponce Enrile and Bong Revilla—as well as more than 2 dozens individuals are charged with him.

On September 16, 2017, Sandiganbayan released its resolution granting bail to Sen. Estrada.[7]

Estrada with Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Bong Revilla after Revilla's Salamat Mga Kaibigan speech of June 9, 2014

Batas Kasambahay[edit]

Estrada is principal author of the Kasambahay Law, or the law promoting the interests and welfare of the domestic workers in the Philippines. Republic Act 10361, or simply the "Kasambahay Law," prescribed standards, privileges and rights of the domestic workers.[8]

Hong Kong Airport incident[edit]

In August 2010, Estrada claimed that while traveling to Hong Kong, he experienced a backlash of the emotions surrounding the death of 8 Chinese nationals from Hong Kong during the 2010 Manila hostage crisis. According to him, as he passed through the immigration desk in Hong Kong, officers threw back his passport at him after checking it.[9]

Estrada said the officer may not have known who he was because he used a "regular passport" for personal travel. He also said that he "understood the pain being felt by many Hong Kong nationals".[9]

According to Apple Daily, the Hong Kong immigration department recorded that Estrada visited Hong Kong with a diplomat passport, and that from an alleged video surveillance record, he and three other Filipinos were accompanied by staff from the Philippine embassy and had arranged to go through the privileged passage for diplomats. The immigration officer handed back the passport to the Philippines embassy staff, not to Estrada.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 1989, Estrada married Ma. Presentacion "Precy" Vitug with whom he has four children, namely, Janella Marie, Joseph Luis Manuel, Julian Emilio and Julienne.



As actor[edit]

  • Markang Rehas: Ikalawang Aklat (1985)
  • Paradise Inn (1985)
  • Bagets Gang (1986)
  • Isa Lang Ang Dapat Mabuhay (1986)
  • Sa Kuko Ng Agila (1989)
  • Eagle Squad (1989)
  • Estribo Gang: The Jinggoy Sese Story (1992) - Vice-Mayor
  • The Marita Gonzaga Rape-Slay: In God We Trust (1995)
  • The Four Stooges (1995) - Adrian
  • Kuratong Baleleng (1995) - Wilson Sorronda
  • Strebel: Gestapo ng Maynila (1998) - Strebel
  • Ang Erpat Kong Astig (1998) - Joe
  • Hiwaga ng Panday (1998) - Guiller/Panday
  • Col. Elmer Jamias: Barako ng Maynila (2000) - as Col. Elmer Jamias
  • Sagot Kita... Mula Ulo Hanggang Paa (2000) - Ador
  • Walang Iwanan...Peksman (2002)
  • Utang ng Ama (2003) - Don
  • Katas ng Saudi (2007) - Oca
  • Magkaibigan (2008) - Ruben
  • Kimmy Dora (2009) - audience member during Kimmy Dora's speech
  • Ang Tanging Pamilya: A Marry Go Round (2009) - young Dindo

As executive producer[edit]

  • Pepeng Agimat (1999)
  • Palaban (2000)
  • Col. Elmer Jamias: Barako ng Maynila (2000)
  • Eto na Naman Ako (2000)
  • Minsan Ko Lang Sasabihin (2000)



  • Award of Excellence, Asusasyon ng mga Kumentarista at Anaunser ng Pilipinas, 1998
  • Annual Young Achievers Award for Government and Public Sector, 1999
  • Most Outstanding Government Service Award, Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc., 2011
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Gawad Amerika, 2012
  • Men Who Matter, People Asia, 2012
  • Distinguished Alumnus in Good Governance Award, University of the Philippines Alumni Association, 2013


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Political offices
Preceded by
Juan Ponce Enrile
President of the Senate of the Philippines

Succeeded by
Franklin Drilon
Political offices
Preceded by
Juan Flavier
President pro tempore of the Senate of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Ralph Recto
Political offices
Preceded by
Adolfo Sto. Domingo
Mayor of San Juan
Succeeded by
JV Ejercito