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First Lady Contenders Part II

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Luisa “Loi” P. Ejercito Estrada
Wife of Joseph “Erap” Estrada, Presidential Candidate of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and former President of the Philippines

Among the four, Loi Ejercito Estrada has the distinction of already being First Lady, short-lived as it was. A psychiatrist by profession, she was known during Joseph Estrada’s presidential term to be the “Doktora ng Masa,” and “First Lady ng Masa;” when Estrada was impeached, was known to be (or peddled herself to be?) the “Senadora ng Masa.”

Although, come to think of it, the Ejercito-Estrada family’s service of the “masa” history traces back many years ago, from the time actor Joseph Estrada decided to enter the world of politics – first as San Juan Mayor in 1967. Loi has then taken part in serving the people through her medical practice and humanitarian works, one of which was helping him establish the ERAP Para Sa Mahirap Foundation in 1989.

Tracing back the University of Santo Tomas Medicine graduate’s earlier career years won’t be a disappointing discovery. A pioneer of mental health in the country, Loi set up the Mental Health Department at Davao General Hospital in Davao City, Mindanao. This was after her training in mental health specialty hospitals in Australia from 1960 to 1961.

During her stint as senator, she authored 121 bills and 13 resolutions, some of which have already been enacted into law: R.A.9241, The National Health Insurance Program; R.A.No.9211, The No Smoking Act; and the R.A. No.9165, The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, among others.

More on Loi Ejercito Estrada:

• Worked as a Professor in the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and as Physician at the UST Hospital after graduation

• Volunteer doctor at St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital in San Juan, Manila for 15 years since 1972

• Received an Honorary Doctorate degree in Philosophy from the Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea in 1999

• Established the “MARE” (a shortened “kumare” to be the female counterpart of ERAP or pare, kumpare) Program, which aimed to continue his husband’s projects for the poor

• Launched Tubig Pang-Kalusugan at Pangkabuhayan, Serbisyong Panggamutan para sa Mahirap, Pangkabuhayan para sa Mahirap, Batang Lansangan Program, and Bulaklakan at Gulayan sa Paligiran projects

• Mother of Jose “Jinggoy” married to Precy Vitug; Jacqueline married to Beaver Lopez; and Jude married to Weng Ocampo

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