Poor little rich Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito’s isn’t having such a great day since his “lucky” car was destroyed in an auto repair shop fire this morning.
While there were no reports of injuries, Ejercito said in a tweet that his Toyota Sequioa, which he had for the past 10 years, was burned in the fire at the Autoplus Car Center along EDSA Connecticut in Mandaluyong City earlier this morning.
I feel sad, my car for the past 10 years, my Toyota Sequioa burned in the fire at Autoplus Car Center this morning. Feeling sentimental because we’ve been through so many battles and it was my most reliable, not to mention “lucky” car. Will be missing this car. pic.twitter.com/78w3MszFic
— JV Ejercito (@jvejercito) February 18, 2019
The fire started at 11:14am according to Fire Officer 1 Michelle Garcia of the Mandaluyong City Fire Station. She told Coconuts Manila through a phone interview that the fire was raised to the 2nd alarm at 11:38am.
The fire was declared out at 12:38pm. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.
“Feeling sentimental because we’ve been through so many battles and it was my most reliable, not to mention ‘lucky’ car,” Ejercito said, adding that he’ll miss the vehicle.
And he needs all the luck he can get, as his spot in the Senate isn’t assured. The latest survey by Pulse Asia shows that he is ranked 9th to 16th out of 70 senatorial candidates. Only 12 senatorial seats are up for grabs.
Ejercito is currently part of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), the regional political party of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. The HNP party is endorsing 13 senatorial candidates vying for the 12 vacant Senate seats.
Among the candidates included in the party is his estranged half brother, former senator Jinggoy Estrada. The two are sons of former president and current Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.
Rappler reported that the two brothers are not on speaking terms, which Duterte-Carpio pokes fun at during HNP gatherings. However, the brothers were seen raising each other’s hands onstage during the HNP campaign launch on Tuesday in Pampanga, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
The feud between them worsened due to politics in San Juan City, where they have both been mayors.
It escalated when their father Joseph supported Jinggoy’s decision to run again for Senate — after he was detained for three years over plunder and graft charges — even when Ejercito expressed intentions to seek reelection himself.