Fast Facts: Estrada Impeachment Trial



23 Length in days of then President Joseph Estrada’s impeachment trial. The trial started on Dec. 7, 2000, and ended on Jan. 16, 2001.

11 Number of prosecutors led by then House Minority Leader Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

6 Members of the defense team headed by former Chief Justice Andres Narvasa.

22 Number of senator-judges.

30+ Number of witnesses presented during the impeachment trial.

4 Number of grounds for impeachment against Estrada. They were bribery, graft and corruption, betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution.

P10 M Amount allegedly received monthly by Estrada from November 1998 to August 2000 from “jueteng” lords as protection money, according to the impeachment complaint.

P130 M Amount of kickbacks allegedly given to Estrada from the P200 million released by then Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno for tobacco farmers.

P100 M Amount of donation from government funds allegedly received by a private organization organized by Estrada’s wife.

52 Number of impounded luxury vehicles that Estrada allegedly ordered the customs commissioner to turn over to Malacañang for distribution to Cabinet secretaries and other senior officials. Inquirer Research

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  • SadPinoy

    The constitution should be amended to disqualify ex-felons from running for the office of the president and for seats in congress.  In the last presidential election, Estrada’s fans almost voted him in to the presidency again!  We need to educate the electorate so that the government leaders are elected on the bases of their motivation to serve and knowledge and skills to govern.  Our country needs full-time dedicated leaders, men/women of integrity and ability, not celebrities. movie stars, nor scions of political warlords and dynasties.

    • to0

      Yes! Let us not invite those that are SUSPECTED to have committed dishonesty even if the impeachment was a failure. Yes, let us vote Gloria again because she is a fast talker and a magician. While Erap is SUSPECTED to be involve with MILLIONS, Gloria on the other hand may have accumulated BILLIONS of pesos.

      Erap left the government with accumulated government debt of 2.3 trillion pesos, which includes ALL the rest of the other Presidents like Quezon, Quirino, and etc. Gloria left the Presidency with 2.7 trillion pesos which she alone was responsible. 

      As long as there are righteous people like you, self appointed moralist, who judge government officials on the basis of your myopic mind, we will go nowhere. Skill alone will not make us successful. Gloria   has her Degree in economics abroad, but she miserably failed because she is dishonest. 

      Pnoy from the onset was criticized by many, yet, because he stick to his policy to maintain honesty, he is better off than his predecessor. At least, he can account for what he spend. He uses the Presidential (small) jet plane unlike Gloria who uses the Jambo  jet, B 747-400. Pnoy is more prudent while Gloria is a thief when it comes to  Juan dela Cruz money.

      Let’s accept it. Knowledge is not the factor why a nation progress. The President only takes a small role. It is the people who matters most.

      • SadPinoy

        In Reply to to0:
        The government leader I envision for our country is a man/woman of INTEGRITY and ABILITY, who is MOTIVATED and DEDICATED to SERVE full time and has the KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS to govern.  By government leader, I am referring to any elected official, from the barangay captain to the president.  What’s myopic about my vision?   What gave you idea that I am for GMA and against Pinoy?  For all you know, I have been supporting him, especially in his anti-graft and corruption stance.  Let me set other things straight…FYI the total government debt has increased to P4,898,340,000,000 as of end October 2011.  It was about P4,420,000,000.000 in 2009 and this represented the accummulated debt from previous administrations, not only during GMAs.
        GMA’s presidential plane was the same as Pinoy’s – 30-year-old Fokker 28; she took commercial flights (Boeing B 747-400) in her overseas (Europe/US) travels just like Pinoy.  She canceled the planned purchase of a $25-million (1.2 billion-peso) executive jet because of criticisms hurled at her.  Lately the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) plans to allot funds for the purchase of a new presidential plane for Pinoy to replace the 30-year old Fokker 28.
        I also beg to differ in your opinion of a president’s role in our quest for progress.  It is HUGE!  Of course, he has to count on people like you who actively participates in our democracy.

  • Ulipur

    The House prosecution panel submitted eight articles of impeachment against Chief Justice Renato Corona:

    Article 1. Partiality in cases involving the Arroyo administration

    Article 2. Failure to disclose statement of assets, liabilities and net worth

    Article 3. Failure to observe stringent standards of competence, integrity, probity and independence

    Article 4. Disregard of the principle of separation of powers by
    issuing a status quo ante order against the House of Representatives in
    the case concerning the impeachment of then Ombudsman Merceditas

    Article 5. Arbitrariness and partiality in cases related to the
    creation of 16 new cities and promotion of Dinagat Island into a

    Article 6. Arrogating unto himself the authority to investigate an erring member of the Supreme Court to exculpate him

    Article 7. Partiality in granting a temporary restraining order in favor of the Arroyo couple

    Article 8. Failure and refusal to account for the Judiciary Development Fund and Special Allowance for the Judiciary collections

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