Anim hanggang walong taon na pagkakakulong ang hatol ng Sandiganbayan 4th Division kay former Laguna Governor ER Ejercito dahil sa kasong graft para sa alleged anomalous insurance deal na isinampa laban sa kanya noong mayor pa siya ng Pagsanjan, Laguna.
Nilabag ni Ejercito ang Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act dahil in-award nito ang kontrata sa First Rapids Care Ventures (FRCV) para sa insurance ng mga tourists at boatmen sa Pagsanjan.
Ayon sa Office of the Ombudsman, hindi raw dumaan sa public bidding ang pagkaka-award sa FRCV, na hindi rin umano authorized ng Insurance Commission.
Nanungkulan si Ejercito bilang alkalde ng Pagsanjan mula June 2001 hanggang June 2010.
Noong May 2010, nahalal siyang gobernador ng Laguna, pero hindi niya natapos ang kanyang termino nang i-disqualify siya sa puwesto noong May 27, 2014, ng Commission on Elections dahil sa kasong campaign overspending sa midterm elections noong 2013.
Si then-President Noynoy Aquino ang sinisi ni Ejercito sa pagkakatanggal nito sa puwesto.
At sa panayam sa kanya ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) noong September 2017, nagsalita ang former Laguna governor na babarilin niya sa ulo ang dating pangulo dahil sa ginawa sa kanya.
Kahit hindi pa si Noynoy ang pangulo noong 2008, siya pa rin ang sinisi ni Ejercito sa naging desisyon ng Sandigabayan sa graft case na isinampa noong mayor pa siya ng Pagsanjan, at malinaw ito sa official statement na inilabas niya sa pamamagitan ng kanyang legal counsel na si Atty. Larry Gadon.
Binanggit din sa statement ng kampo ni Ejercito na fake news ang kumakalat na hindi na siya puwedeng kumandidato bilang gobernador ng Laguna sa midterm elections sa May 13, 2019, dahil pakana lamang ito ng kanyang mga kalaban sa pulitika.
Narito ang kabuuan ng statement na inilabas ni Atty. Gadon, ang private counsel ni Ejercito.
"Governor ER Ejercito is not disqualified and can run for governor of Laguna. This is pure political harassment from Noynoy Aquino loyalists. Former Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon 'ER' Ejercito can run for governor of Laguna this 2019. He is not disqualified to run since the decision of the Sandiganbayan is not final and executory. He has paid a P30,600 bail and filed for Motion for Reconsideration at the Sandiganbayan. The case will be appealed to the SUPREME COURT and can be reversed with FINALITY. The Social Media Fake News/Rumors that Gov ER Ejercito is perpetually disqualified to run for Governor of Laguna and hold public office and will be jailed for a period of 6 to 8 years is pure Black Propaganda being circulated by ABS CBN / Philippine Daily Inquirer and Governor ER’s political enemies which is political harassment headed by incumbent Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez and Atty. Rodel Paderayon.
"Governor ER Ejercito is overwhelmingly leading in all the surveys as the Laguna Gubernatorial bet of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Mayor Inday Sara Duterte of Hugpong Ng Pagbabago. Again, Governor ER Ejercito is NOT DISQUALIFIED and can run for Laguna Governor 2019 and can hold public office.
"Once again, the candidacy of Former Gov. ER still stand. He is not disqualified and can campaign for the Gubernatorial Post of the Province of Laguna. The Supreme Court will be the FINAL JUDGE of Governor Emilio Ramon 'ER' Ejercito’s political career and NOT the Sandiganbayan.
"Just to mention, this case has already been dismissed by the Ombudsman but later reopened by the Sandigan Bayan in 2016 to harrass Gov Er Ejercito’s political gubernatorial campaign in 2016 upon the strict orders of former President Noynoy Aquino to his Sandigannayan Appointees -Justice Alex Quiroz, Justice Reynaldo Cruz and Justice Bayani Jacinto of the 4TH Division of the Sandiganbayan.
"The 2009 case stems from the good intention of then Pagsanjan, Laguna Mayor ER Ejercito to create an ACCIDENT PROTECTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM for tourists and boatmen who may get hurt while experiencing the two hour boat ride of Shooting the Rapids to see the globally famous Pagsanjan Falls and to assure tourists and boatmen of a sustained rescue and medical assistance program when needed from the local government unit of Pagsanjan, the tourist capital of Laguna."