Estrada’s Manila bid questioned



Two registered voters in Manila have asked a court to determine whether or not former President Joseph Estrada was qualified to run for city mayor next year, saying that should he be disqualified, the votes cast in his favor would subsequently be declared null and void.

In particular, Romeo de Leon, a resident of Tondo and Mariel Limueco from Pandacan asked the Manila Regional Trial Court through their lawyer Rodrigo Melchor to determine what type of pardon was granted to Estrada.

“The question is whether the pardon is conditional or unconditional. If the pardon is conditional, the petitioners’ votes for (Estrada) will be in clear and present danger of being rendered meaningless or useless,” they said in their petition.

They noted that one of the conditions set for his pardon was that the former leader would “no longer seek any elective position or office.”

According to them, should it be proven that Estrada has violated any of the conditions, the pardon will be “set aside and the original punitive sentence, which has not been nullified but only suspended, may be enforced against him.”

The former leader was convicted of plunder by the Sandiganbayan in 2007. He was granted executive clemency by his successor, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Sought for comment, Angel Gonong, Estrada’s media officer, described the latest petition as a “fishing expedition” coming from the camp of Mayor Alfredo Lim who is seeking reelection.

“His pardon was absolute, restoring all his civil and political rights, meaning he can vote and be voted upon,” Gonong said.

Three disqualification cases were filed against Estrada after he decided to run for president in 2010. The Commission on Elections’ second division later allowed him to run, saying he was not covered by a constitutional provision barring an incumbent leader from seeking reelection since he was not a sitting president eyeing a second term. With a report from Inquirer Research

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  • zeroko

    As expected, Chinese like Mayor Lim will do anything to sabotage the candidacy of ERAP. They do not want Filipinos to rule their country. Instead, these Chinese has dominated the political arena.

    • sam

      di na kelangan isabotahe yang makapal na mukhang yan. walang kaba c mayor lim sa kanya. baka bigyan pa ni mayor lim ng +100,000 yan sa bilangan ng boto!

    • rider555

       On October 27, 2007, it was reported that Estrada accepted executive clemency on the condition that he no longer seeks elective office ever. It was all over the news, everyone can verify it. Sheesh, everyone can Google that piece of information.

    • botets

      zero IQ.. idiot..

  • Nelson

    The jueteng take in Manila still looks attractive for booted jueteng lord Erap! Tama na Erap. Retire ka na. Huwag ka masyadong sakim sa pera. Kaya na impeach ka kasi gusto mo diretso sa yo ang parte mo. You do not trust even your own son, Jinggoy to receive your share in the lagay. Ayan tuloy na inis sa yo si Chavit Singson kaya ka sinuplong.

  • sam

    cge patakbuhin yan para mayor ng manila. cgurado naman talo yan. para malaman at maramdaman nya na ayaw sa kanya mga tao. kapal ng mukha talaga nyan!

    • ApoNiLolo

      Huwag kang magpakasiguro. Mas nakakarami ang mga taong sunod-sunoran lang sa agos kay sa mga taong katulad mo na nag-iisip. : )

  • Garo Ungaro

    a convicted felon are not eligible for any public office…no matter what…

  • Luthmar

    Convicted plunderer si Erap.  Maski saang parte ng mundo ng politika hindi na puede mag run for public office ang isang convict – lalo pa at plunder.  There is only one good reason why he wants
    to run again for public office – makabawi dun sa na sequester sa kanya ng gobyerno.

    Enough of these Estradas and Ejercitos.  They are not too bright to be in the govt. service.

  • Magsasaka

    hindi na dapat pa tinangap ng comelec ang kandidatura nyan, nakalagay naman sa batas hindi na maaring tumakbo ang plunderer na katulad nya.
    pero dahil sa dami ng bobotante tiyak mananalo pa iyan.

  • ApoNiLolo

    At the onset, if he was barred from running as president, wala sanang problema ngayon. Given that the protest push through, his last resort will be to cite why he was allowed to run for president (the highest elective office of the land) and not be allowed to run as a mere mayor. >: D

    O, sinong makakasagot if he throw that fact in your face?

  • Timothy Te-Co

    It doesn’t follow that former president Estrada was allowed to run for re-election as President before, the issue of him being allowed to run for public office (mayor) can no longer be questioned.  It just so happened that nobody questioned it before.  It doesn’t bar the citizens to question the act of former president Estrada now because there is no standing court ruling in favor of the former president. Estoppel will not follow in this case.

  • turbogirl9

    tama na sobra na, di naman kayo nakatira sa maynila noon pa man, sa san juan nalang kayo mag mayor kung gusto ninyo.

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