SENATOR JINGGOY EJERCITO ESTRADA
“Anak ng Masa”
Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada, the eldest son of former President Joseph Estrada and former Senator Dra. Luisa Pimentel Estrada, is not new in the world of public service having dedicated twenty-five (25) years of his life in public service.
Unknown to many, he finished his primary and secondary education in the Ateneo de Manila University and earned a degree in A.B. Economics from the University of the Philippines. He took up Law for four (4) years at the Lyceum of the Philippines while serving as Vice-Mayor of then Municipality of San Juan at a young age of 25. In 1992, he became the youngest ever elected-Local Chief Executive in the entire nation. During his tenure, San Juan gained the reputation of being the most progressive and peaceful municipality in the Philippines.
In 1998, he was sworn into office as the National President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines where he effectively and efficiently harnessed the potential of LGUs as reliable partner of the national government in nation building.
In 2004, he was elected to the Senate with the support of the Filipino masses. He became the Chairman of the Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development that passed at least nine (9) landmark labor legislation, with him as principal sponsor. He was also the youngest ever elected Senate President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
In the recently concluded 15th Congress, he proved to be a prolific lawmaker and filed more than 670 bills and resolutions and many of these were enacted into law.
Also, Sen. Estrada consistently chalked up perfect attendance – never absent, never late – during the previous Congresses, a rare feat accomplished only by a very few lawmakers in the entire history of Philippine Senate.
In the May 2010 automated elections, an overwhelming almost eighteen (18) million Filipino people has once again placed their trust in him and made him one of the topnotchers in the senatorial race.
Last May 2011, Sen. Estrada was conferred the Most Outstanding Government Service Award by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. for his “invaluable service to the government and the Filipino people and his untainted record and meaningful projects throughout his political term.” He was also cited as a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association and was included in the roster of “Men Who Matter” in 2012 for his exemplary performance as a legislator and as a public servant.