EVEN when he was a young boy, former senator Jinggoy Estrada always knew that public service was his calling. Being the eldest son of Joseph Estrada, a popular movie actor who went on to have a storied political career that included distinguished terms as mayor, senator and president of the Philippines, Jinggoy knew he was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Even as he also dabbled in acting himself, Jinggoy started to throw his hat in the political arena at an early age. At only 25 years old, Jinggoy was already the Vice Mayor of his hometown in San Juan City, where his father served as its longest-tenured and best-known mayor. Shortly thereafter, Jinggoy became the country’s youngest-ever elected local chief executive just before he reached 30.
By the end of his third term and with San Juan now a highly urbanized metropolis, Mayor Jinggoy was already looking forward to bigger things ahead. 2004 marked a new beginning for the young Estrada as he started the first of two six-year terms as Senator of the Republic.
From within his Senate stints, Senator Jinggoy held the position of Senate President Pro Tempore as well as chaired the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources and the Congressional Oversight Committee on Labor and Employment as well as membership in the numerous other committees including the Commission on Appointments.
One of the landmark laws that he himself principally authored is Republic Act 10361 or simply known as the Kasambahay Law, or the law promoting the interests and welfare of the domestic workers in the Philippines as it established prescribed standards, privileges and rights beneficial to them.
In seeking a new mandate and adopting the new tagline, “Aaksyon para sa masa,” Senator Jinggoy hopes “to assist in addressing the fundamental ills and challenges facing the country under the new normal.”