Roxas among presidential choices of Ejercitos

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LP standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II shakes hands with Sen. JV Ejercito

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Members of the Ejercito family admitted they could go opposite ways on their choice for president in the 2016 elections.

Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and his mother San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez on Thursday (December 10) said Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II is among their options.

Though nothing is final yet, Ejercito shared he is inclined to support Sen. Grace Poe in next year's polls. But he also said Roxas has done a lot for San Juan City.

His father, Manila City Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada, had earlier said he would be rooting for either Poe or Vice President Jejomar Binay. But there is a possibility that Estrada could align with Roxas since the latter served in the former's Cabinet before, said Ejercito.

Related: Mayor Estrada would 'very likely' back Poe as presidential bet

Should this happen, Roxas said he would welcome the endorsement.

“Sino ba naman tayo na tatanggi sa mga endorsement ng mga kinikilalang lider ng ating bansa?" said Roxas.

[Translation: "Who am I to turn down an endorsement from a recognized leader of our country?"]

Mayor Gomez, meanwhile, said she has yet to decide who she will support in the upcoming polls as she is also friends with several candidates.

"They are all my friends. That’s why I am in a quandary. I don’t know what to do," said Gomez. "Talagang mahal ko sila lahat from Secretary Mar to Vice President Binay. They all helped us in all our projects."

[Translation: "I love them all, from Secretary Mar to Vice President Binay. They all helped us in all our projects."]

Roxas was a guest of honor and speaker at the inauguration of St. Josephville in Brgy. St. Joseph, San Juan City on Thursday where more than 300 housing units were turned over to informal setttler families. The project began when the Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG) was still under Roxas.

Could graft charges impact ties with Roxas?

Ejercito is facing graft and malversation charges for the “anomalous” purchase of high-powered firearms when he was still San Juan City mayor.

Related: JV Ejercito, 19 others charged for ‘anomalous’ firearms purchase

But the senator does not think Roxas has anything to do with the charges.  Ejercito said he suspects that the charges against him are linked to local politics — possibly local politicians and powerful businessmen he's had issues with.

Ejercito reiterated that he had not done anything wrong and he is appealing to the Ombudsman to take a second look at his case.

CNN Philippines correspondent Ina Andolong contributed to this report.