When asked about his opinion regarding the separation of Cesar Montano and Sunshine Cruz, Laguna Governor ER Ejercito maintained that the two should uphold their marriage vows and their commitment to raise their family together. “Alam mo ‘pag artista ka, dapat yung wife mo understanding. Dapat malawak yung pagunawa. Lahat nagkakamali eh ‘di ba? Kaya ako adviser ko si Pangulong Erap (Joseph Estrada). Dapat mapangunawa mga asawa natin,” he said in an interview during the recent Star Awards for Movies.
E.R. was quick to say though that it doesn’t mean Sunshine is not an understanding wife. “Hindi siguro maikli na pisi niya at baka madalas nga mahuli. Pero hindi, kaibigan ko si Cesar.” It seemed that he’s privy to the details about the couple’s marital problems since he worked closely with Cesar in the 2012 Metro Manila Film Fest entry El Presidente. “Mga artista eh. Hindi maiwasan inspirasyon pero ang asawa ay asawa, dapat yun ang ating panindigan. Siyempre kilala naman natin yung mga kaibigan natin. kaya nga inspirasyon, baka nami-misinterpret lang.”
On a serious note though, ER.stressed that Cesar and Sunshine should exhaust all means to fix their marriage. “Hindi pa [kami nag-uusap ni Cesar]. Payuhan ko nga sana. Pinakasalan niya si Sunshine, dapat panindigan niya yun. Nagkamali, humingi ng patawad. [kay Sunshine], pinakasalan niya si Cesar, dapat ay panindigan na rin niya. Kawawa yung mga bata, dapat patawarin na rin niya [si Cesar].”
On his part, E.R. claimed that his wife, Mayor Maita Sanchez-Ejercito, happens to be very understanding. Asked if he ever got attracted to other women, he cheerfully replied, “Wala ng time eh. Matindi trabaho, 24/7, jingle na lang pahinga.”