Erap mug shot making rounds in Manila; aide fumes

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STILL A CHARMER AT 76 But will this adulation from Manileñas on Friday be enough to send Joseph Estrada to City Hall next month? The former president and now Manila mayoral candidate distributed food packs in Tondo to mark his birthday. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

MANILA, Philippines—Somebody must be playing birthday spoiler in Manila.

On the day he turned 76, the camp of former president and now Manila mayoral candidate Joseph Estrada cried foul over the circulation of a “primer” which featured his police mug shot that was taken when he was arrested on graft charges in April 2001.

Ike Gutierrez, a longtime media liaison of Estrada, said several men had been seen going house-to-house in the six districts of Manila to hand out the primer, which is written in Filipino and basically recounts the cases filed against Estrada, who was convicted of plunder and later pardoned in 2007.

“This one is below the belt and full of viciousness,” Gutierrez told the Inquirer on Friday.

Estrada seeks to unseat the reelectonist Alfredo Lim, 83, in what the former president calls his “last hurrah” in politics.

Gutierrez gave the Inquirer a sample of the primer, which ran for about 20 pages and also includes a copy of the pardon document issued by Estrada’s successor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“Erap (Estrada’s nickname) was demonized during the 1998 presidential campaign. This was repeated during his impeachment trial in 2001. But the demonizing he’s being subjected to this time is something too diabolical for words,” he said.

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  • Simplify1

    Relax ERAP, they’re just telling the truth, in case your bobo supporters are not aware of your conviction, you felon! Now try to do a mugshot of Mayor Lim and expect a libel that will cost you the remaining millions that the government was not able to get….. You can’t do the same to Mayor Lim because that would be a lie…. in your case, IT IS THE TRUTH!!

    • Concur_Dissent

      In 1998 Erap’s problem was his mastery of the english language, in fact he made lots of money with his best selling book titled “How to speak english without really trial”… Now, his problem is not simply mastering english (BTW, he had no improvement after 15 years) but he also mastered the art of how to plunder and get caught with it…in fact, he has a conviction to prove his expertise!!

      ANG kAPAL PO TALAGA!

    • Noel

      Assuming it’s the truth, why come out with such vicious attack during this election?

      • Simplify1

        Assuming it’s the truth? Meaning, there is a possibility that he was not really a plunderer? Sa tagalog para mas maliwanag sa iyo (hopefully)…. ipagpalagay na katotohanan eto? Ibig sabihin possibleng hindi totoo etong paratang na magnanakaw siya sa kaban ng bayan?? iho naman….

      • Noel

        Same trash was thrown at him during the 2010 election and yet Erap placed second to Pnoy among several presidential candidates. His defeat was partly due to INC’s support for Pnoy instead of Erap. Kung naka pangalawang puwesto si Erap noon at milyon-milyon pa rin ang bumoto sa kanya, bakit hindi siya mananalo sa Manila lang kahit na siraan pa siya ng siraan?

      • tenyearsafter

        Sabi kay Erap.. MUG SHOT na po tayo Sir Erap…
        Akala niya… MAG SHOT na tayo..(syempre iniisip niya alak).

      • Noel

        Hinanap niya ang mug akala baso ang pinag-uusapan. Nagtanong siya kung nasaan daw ang San Miguel Beer Mug.

      • jgl414567

        Hindi naman paninira kung totoo tanga!

      • Simplify1

        This I tell you Noel, because of some voters getting used to selling their votes, they will no longer care about the morality of their candidate, in this case ERAP…. bakit nga naman sila hahanap ng matuwid na candidato samantalang binebenta naman nila ang sariling boto sa halaga ng bigas at sardinas…. Habang ang ibang mamamayan hindi boboto ng taong garapal sa pambababae, lassengo, sugarol, na nag kakapera dahil sa korakot, mayroon namang mga botente na instead hindi gawing tularan si candidato, ikinaiingitan pa kaya nagiging idol!

      • eorlando

        Erap was tried and convicted of stealing from the Filipino people. Please Please Think before you vote. Kawawa naman ang bayan.

      • Noel

        Tell that to 11 million Filipinos.

      • AllaMo

        ROTF LMFAO! S’truth, denizen of deniers.

  • indiosbravos2002

    No. It is not below the belt. It is actually public record. Excnvict naman talaga yan si Erap. Bakit kaya sya nasasaktan.

  • Luthmar

    Why is it a problem? He was a convicted plunderer. His blind followers should really know who he is, in case they have forgotten. They should also be reminded that what Erap is giving them will be taken back from the govt. coffers – 10 times more. It is the only reason why Erap is again trying to be in a govt. position. His last hurrah will be his last kurakot.

    • Simplify1

      How can ERAP jail thieves in manila if ERAP is the most plunderous thief himself?All the thieves in Manila will haggle for a pardon given that their mayor got one! Dapat sila rin daw!! Paano natin sasagutin eto mga kabayang manileno??

      • FDV

        And these thieves would look like saints or dwarfs in the presence of a convicted plunderer, Erap Estrada

  • Pio Pusli

    simple, TRUTH HURTS!!!!! plain and simple, an EX-CONVICT. got that people of manila?

  • Eagle from davao

    Nothing wrong ,because these information are public knowledge and cannot be forbidden . Erap was convicted in plunder cases, he was a felon and incompetent president.all of these info are public records and they can’t file it as libelous.
    The truth shall set you free.

    • jgl414567

      I fully agree and Erap should not be running for public office, he should still be in jail for life for plundering our country and maybe if allegations in the news are correct had a hand in the murder of Bentain and Bubby Dacer!! Erap is a scoundrel disguising as a charming champion of the poor!

  • WoBushi

    Deadly and cross politics, PH style! Is this true democracy? Not by a long shot.

  • simondj

    iba ang totoo, sa kasinungalingan. si ERAP CONVICTED PO IYAN.

  • mangtom

    WoBushi: woohoho-bushy. Don’t cry, baby. Your idol is immune to insults-kapal muks siya, kaya don’t worry. He does not give a dam# to the insulto, why should you? Gets mo? Go kiss his a$$, if that will pacify you.

    Your idol is a loser. He will not win another election. He ruined himself. Nobody to blame for his corrupted name but himself. So relax, baby. Stop whining.

  • $14334231

    don’t be a cry baby, gutierrez….it is the truth and no matter how many times he takes a shower a day, everyday, that stain will linger in his body and soul (if he still has one) forever even long after he’s dead….so, just shut your mouth and swallow the truth……

    • diamond_digger

      Yes, and it is worst than a tattoo because it can neither be clothed and covered nor be erased even by whatever laser. It will haunt Erap for his lifetime and may even continue to hover over the heads of his descendants.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Like I previously said, we Filipinos must have this never ending love for the ‘Hollow Block”. We keep using one to pound our head. Manilans seem to be readying themselves again to use hollow block by electing a ex-convict.

  • jpmd88

    how can it be below the belt when all of that is true? He did posed for a mug shot, he was convicted of plunder. Such onion skinned clowns these people are!

  • divictes

    “… full of viciousness.” Truth can hurt viciously only when your a scoundrel, otherwise, it will set you free.

  • anongaba

    ayon po sa mga pagsasaliksik at iimbistiga ng mga analitiko at political observer. lumalabas na ang mag wawagi sa halalang pang mayor ng Maynila ay si LIM. ng umaabot sa 75% margin. totoo po yan.

  • joeybg

    KAWAWANG PINAS , DAMING MGA TANGA AT BOBO NA NANINIWALA KAY BIGOTE.

    MAAWA KAYO SA SARILI NINYO, WALANG GAMOT SA KATANGAHAN AT KABOBOHAN.

    • JOSEPH gARCIA

      ikaw ang tanga at bobo pag binoto mo pa uli si Lim

      • nes911

        Wala ka namang konsyensya at kaluluwa kapag binoto mo si erap.

      • joeybg

        Ikaw ang napakadakilang Tanga at Bobo kapag ibinoto mo si Bigote.
        Maawa ka sa sarili mo, walang gamot sa sakit mo.

      • JOSEPH gARCIA

        mas maawa ka sa sarili hanbang buhay tititisin ang pasakit na si Lim na walng kakwenta kwenta balimbing.

      • tenyearsafter

        Mas gusto ko naman ang balimbing…
        kaysa Mangga…….Manggagantso

      • JOSEPH gARCIA

        nye walang pinagkaiba un sa makapili nung panahon ng hapon. Balimbing

      • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

        TAMA KA DYAN JOSEPH TANGA SILANG LAHAT HWAG MUNANG PAPATULAN ANG HINDI MO KAURI JOSEPH HAHAYAAN NALANG NATIN SILA JEJEJEJEJE SI ERAP LANDSLIDE VICTORY NA SA MAY 13 ELECTION D NILA NAKIKITA TUWING MAG RALLY SI ERAP NAPAKARAMING TAO TALAGA AS IN?

      • jgl414567

        Ang mga taong tulad mo ay dapat ipatingin sa mental hospital ang utak kasi sira na!

      • MannyKingfisher

        Tama lang na ipagtanggol mo si begoti dahil ikaw ay Garcia. At alam mo naman na ang apilyedo mo ay kapural ng corruption – Gen. Garcia, Cebu mayor Garcia, at iba pang Garcia na involved sa corruption cases. Same feather flock together.

      • jgl414567

        Ikaw na yata JOSEPH gARCIA ang pinakagagong tao sa balat ng lupa ninakawan na tayo at tinraydor ni Erap boto ka pa rin sa kanya may sira o diprensiya ka na sa utak. Patingin ka sa mental hospital sa lalong madaling panahon!

      • ayupayupan77

        siguro si joseph garcia ay isang iskwater na pinangakuan ni erap ng pabahay sa may rizal at trbaho kapag nanalo o kya ay nabigyan ng tatlong kilong bigas na nfa at 2 lata ng sardinas……..hmmmmm?

    • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

      TAMA C JOSEPH NAPAKALAKING TANGA MO KONG IBOBOTO MO SI LIM???DIOS KO????

      • jgl414567

        Di ka lang tanga kundi sira na ulo mo. Patingin mo sa mental utak mo!!!

  • titolim

    sabi ni binay sa birthday wish kay erap ” sana landscape victory”

  • galejan

    here we go again.anybody who votes for erap is a paid voter. city hall will be a bar full of wine and scoundrels around waiting to find ways of getting anomalous projects and kickbacks. what a waste of taxpayers money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/atmaximos Mimo

    ITS PUBLIC RECORDS. WHO IS THIS GUTIEREZ? NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THE LAW. A MUGSHOT IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF AN ARRESTED INDIVIDUAL TAKEN INTO CUSTODY…. GUILTY OR NOT, HE WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED, CORRECT? VERDICT? GUILTY AS CHARGED! AND TROUBLE IS, WE ARE CHOOSING BETWEEN TWO EVILS. WHICH IS ONE IS LESS EVIL? I STILL HAVE TO VOTE TO PRACTICE MY SUFFRAGE AND I VOTE FOR THE LESSER EVIL. YOU CHOOSE?

  • K8

    i hope the people in the city of Manila will not be that stupid to vote for Erap. they should know better.

    • diamond_digger

      That is if they don’t want to become the laughingstock of the land. But what if the Manilans just wanted to land in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Tanga” to chose a convicted plunderer, die-hard drunkard, incorrigible womanizer over an almost-blameless opponent who has uncorruptively served the country in various capacities – cop, NBI head, Senator and now Manila mayor. Indeed, there is no law that prohibits a man from seeking to be called as ‘tanga’. Manilans, the choice is yours.

  • patrickinca

    hahahaha! dapat ilabas din kung ilan ang mga naging babae niya at ilan ang mga anak niya sa labas. Ipakita rin iyung mga halos araw araw na nasa casino siya nung presidente pa lang siya. Dito malalaman kung gaano kababang klasseng tao at kung gaano kababa ang moralidad nitong hinayupak na ito.

  • Nelson Baguya II

    just look at the picture. NASISILAW SILA SA MUKHA NI ERAP. PARANG MGA GINAYUMA OR NILOVE POTION, O PARANG MGA ALIPORES NA NAKATINGALA SA ISANG DIWATA. TSKTSK. CRITICAL THINKERS: MULTIPLY OUR BRETHREN.

  • rinom

    ipinagmamalaki pa nila ang dapat ay kahihiyan,,, tama ang nakasulat sa biblia,,, their glory is their shame. plunderer na nga pinagmamalaki pa. sapagkat diyos nila ang kanilang tiyan.

  • shane oy

    what viciousness? that’s the truth! you liar.

  • Maldi2

    I can’t just imagine how these people from the shanties shrills of Erap campaign sorties. What a pity. They are uneducated.

    Erap is garbage and should be trashed not, elected. People in Manila will suffer trash government if they are not intelligent enough to vote!

  • virgoyap

    Erap can easily hypnotized those unthinking voters. They think more of his popularity than his unpopular vices of being a babaero, a drunkard, a gambler, a corrupt official etc…Poor Manila! Once more, there’s a fear that he will rule again like a Godfather.

  • nes911

    Pakana lang ng kampo nila erap at isko yan para sisihin ang kabilang kampo. Ganyan din ang ginawa ni isko moreno nuong bagong vice mayor pa sya. Pinalabas nya ang litrato na naka brief ang suot at sinisi sa kampo ni cita askal ang pagpapalabas nito. Lahat ng dirty tricks ginagawa na ng kampo ni erap dahil hindi umuusad ang survey rating nya laban kay lim.

  • Mark

    Buhay pa pala si Ike Gutierrez, pag ka alam ko sya ung napabalitang umihi sa loob ng Malacanan dahil sa kalasingan noong panahon ni Kawatan Erap. Ngaun nagbabalik ang mokong para sa kandidatura ni Erap na akala nya ay mananalo. Mag inuman na lang kayo ni Erap at isama nyo na si Ochoa.

    My Senatoriables:

    Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.
    (Nagsiwalat ng mga Fertilizer scam at iba pang scam sa panahon ni GMA)

    Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel
    (Hindi Trapo, Totoo ang hangarin tumulong sa mahihirap)

    Bam Aquino
    (Hindi Trapo, boses ng mga kabataan at edukasyon)

    Richard Gordon
    (Hindi Trapo, kilala sa pagtulong sa mahihirap)

    Edward Hagedorn
    (Magaling na mayor ng Puerto Princesa, kailangan natin ang gaya nya sa Senado)

    Jamby Madrigal
    (Lumaban sa C5 scam ni Villar)

    Aquilino Pimentel III
    (May prinsipiyo, umalis sa UNA para hindi makasama ung mandaraya sa eleksyon)

    Grace Poe
    (Hindi Trapo, Maganda magtrabaho noong nasa MTRCB pa sya)

    Alan Cayetano
    (Numero-unong kaaway ni GMA at FG Mike)

    Antonio Trillanes IV
    (Numero-unong kaaway ni matandang Enrile, GMA at FG Mike)

    • doncleo

      agree ako pare sa mga napili mo..hindi lang sila the lesser evil kundi the least evil pa..

  • Don

    kung ang mga mamayan na nagbabayad ng buwis at mga high school graduate lamang ang maaring bumoto, hindi mananalo ang mga mandarambong na kagaya ni Erap. Kelan kaya mangyari yun? Ang unang tututol diyan ay ang mga kurap na pulitiko — kasi gusto nila ang mga mangmang na butante ay makaboto upang sila ay manatili o makapasok sa puwesto

  • kismaytami

    Kahit sino sa dalawang yan ang manalo. Talo pa rin ang mga Manileno.

  • joeybg

    Ganyan ang picture ng mga Tanga at Bobo na kinakamayan si Kawatang Bigote.

  • tarikan

    Sabi ni Dacer, Corbito at Bintain: Malapit na oras mo, dito laang kami naghihintay. Tatlo laban sa isa tudas ka kahit anong kapal pa ng tibigots mo sumama pa mga kerbels mo. Lulumpuhin ka namin hehehe.

  • eltee2012

    >>>kapag natalo si Erap, sa 2016, lilipat siya ng tirahan sa Quezon City at kakandidato bilang Alkalde. DAHIL SA QUEZON CITY ANG TAMANG LUGAR NG MGA ARTISTA NA PULITIKO AT NAIS MAGING PULITIKO.

  • TAGA-MASID

    pagtotoo MASAKIT…

  • kilabot

    if mitos wins,
    it will prove there is a catholic vote;
    if erap wins,
    it will prove there is a lgbt vote.

  • catmanjohn

    The only way Erap can get people to show up at his rally is to offer them free food packs. What an irony, having to bribe the people with the money he stole from them. His conviction photo circulating is very funny, and hopefully, the last laugh will be on him.

  • matalino matalino

    “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”

  • JosephNess

    what’s so controversial about this issue that made them fuming mad, was it not the truth? what do these people really wanted, hide the truth or they’re just so ashamed to accept the truth? the fact that he accepted the amnesty proved that he was guilty of the crime he was accused of, why bicker now? he should have done that when the amnesty was pronounced on him and continue to fight back if he insisted and believed that he was innocent…but, that’s too late now…he should accept the fact, accept what is truth now…this is the right thing to do…the more you fumed mad, the more people will know that he is really guilty of the crime he was accused of…..

  • Crysis_III

    Hoy mga Manileno, I loved Erap before pero nang na convict siya, bakit ko pa iboboto.. Maawa naman kayo sa Maynila.. No to old-fashioned politics… down to traditional politicians..

  • Ronnie Mendoza

    I never watch any Erap movie as i do not like him. I did not vote erap as president also, but between Erap and Lim….. this time I will vote Erap…

  • jgl414567

    ALANG ALANG SA KAPAKANAN NG BANSA NATIN MAGTULONGTULONG TAYO LAHAT MAGKAMPANYA LABAN KAY ERAP, BINAY ENRILE, ARROYO, MARCOS , MGA KANDIDATO NG UNA AT MARAMI PANG IBANG MGA TIWALI SA GOBIYERNO!

    MAAWA NAMAN KAYO SA BAYAN NATIN!!!!

  • jgl414567

    SINO ANG DAPAT KAAWAAN ANG MAGNANAKAW O ANG NINAKAWAN? ANG DAPAT NGA SA MGA PLUNDERER KUYUGIN KASI HINDI LANG ISANG TAO NINAKAWAN NIYA KUNDI BUONG BANSA PATI NA ANG MGA TAONG SA KAHIRAPAN AY HALOS WALA NG MAKAIN NINAKAWAN NG TARANTADONG KAWATAN NA ITO!!!!

  • jgl414567

    MAKASUNTOK LANG SANA AKO NG KAHIT ISANG BESES SA HAYOP NA KAWATANG ITO PARA MAIBSAN MAN LANG GALIT KO SA GINAWA NIYA SA ATIN!

  • ayupayupan77

    my senatoriables:

    1st Nancy Binay………kasi BINAY

    2. Jack Enrile……….. kasi Enrile

    3. JV Ejercito …………kasi Ejercito

    mga magagaling at malilinis na budhing future senators ang mga ito………….di sila galing sa corrupt na pamilya…………nais lamang nila maglingkod

    • doncleo

      hahaha! hahaha! hahaha! hahaha!..ang dami talagang tanga..

    • isidro c. valencia

      Officers sila ng:
      KAPALMUKS (Kapisanan ng Politikong Lahi ay Magnanakaw, Ugali ay Korap at Swapang)

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    HWAG NA KAYONMG MAGTATALO DTO DHIL SI ERAP NG PANALO SA MAY 13 ELECTION PUSTAHAN TYO??????NAPAKARAMING TAO SA RALLY NI ERAP PERO KAY LIM NILALANGAW PATI ANG RALLY NG TEAM PINOY HINDI NA SILA MAMANALO NGAYON ANG SURVEY UNA ANG TOPNOCHER ANG TEAM PINOY KOLILAT NA DIOS KO TAMA NAMAN YAN ANG DECISYON NG TAO UNA TYO LAHAT.

    • doncleo

      maaaring manalo nga sya kasi marami ang kagaya mo pero yang idol mong si Erap ay Blue Label na mangungulimbat..convicted eh..ewan ko kung bakit idol mo magnanakaw parang proud na proud ka pa.

  • Fancy Tan

    Nalintikan na, endorsed dw ni Savit at Goria, Lalong napasama ang UNA. Ganon nba katanga botante?

  • WAJ

    He shouldn’t be running for any government office at all because he’s a convicted felon in the court of law.

  • $42337655

    the picture itself tells us the problem we have with us for so many, many years. Look, look very well at the picture of the lady in pink or fuchsia. Her face shows naivete, ignorance a forgetful and easily manipulated person. The person who votes because of popularity, because of form and not of substance.

    These are the types of voters mostly in depressed areas and in the provinces that the politicians know all too well, all too well, that they should concentrate on. Why? because they are the most NUMEROUS, the most forgetful and the most easily manipulated voters.

    The smart and cunning politicians and their advisers know this very, very well. And they concentrate on these numbers; it is a numbers game, after all.

    The solution is a very good, consistent and well-meaning education for the masses. But in order to get there, a healthy economy must be in place. How to get there, is to have good leaders who really and truthfully work for the good of the Filipinos. Is this achievable ?

    We should be able to teach these numerous naive voters how to think properly, how to vote wisely because it is in their interest to do so. If not, the cycle just continues.

  • Taiko_Kauna

    the deceived majority will always prevail

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005507922072 Pedro Noval Jr.

    The City of Manila and her people do not deserve a CONVICTED PLUNDERER and proven WOMANIZER to be their City Mayor for the next 2 years. What a shame.

  • isidro c. valencia

    Erap is the President of:

    KAPALMUKS (Kapisanan ng Politikong Lahi ay Mandarambong, Ugali ay Korap at Swapang)

  • http://go4kangen.com/ Reynaldo

    how about ang mug shot na kuha ni Berstain habang siya ay nagsusugal sa casino. dapat ilabas din ngayong campaign election. para magising ang mga botante kung ano ang iboboto ninyo. kung matino ba o mandarambong.

  • blowcoldblowhot

    Here’s what the world said of the booting out of Joseph
    Ejercito Estrada.

    From Time magazine’s Sandra Burton, Jan. 29, 2001: “Remember
    Estrada — however cynically — was acting within the framework of the law and
    under the terms called for by the impeachment proceedings. Had he been declared
    guilty, he would have had to go. The troubling point remains that he had not
    been convicted… but they had mechanisms to legally change their head of state.
    The option they chose, popular uprising, while rousing and probably justified,
    could portend a troubling future for democracy… but if those protests lead to
    constitutionally questionable successions, it becomes a subversion of
    democracy. Even now, we don’t know what percentage of Filipinos wanted Erap to
    go.”

    Still from Time, Anthony Spaeth, Jan. 29, 2001: “But the
    Philippine polity is 77 million-strong. Was this a revolution of the Philippine
    people — or of a few hundred thousand Filipinos prompted by a few hundred
    individuals? Perhaps this represents confusion between democratic passions and
    the rule of law. More likely, though, people power has become its own
    institution and one that seems monopolized-institution and one that seems
    monopolized by a certain clique… people power has become an acceptable term for
    a troubling phenomenon: One that used to be known as by a certain clique…
    people power has become an acceptable term for a troubling phenomenon: One that
    used to be known as mob rule.”

    A year later, again from Time, Phil Zabriskie did “Power and
    Gloria,” on Jan. 28, 2002: “Legitimacy questions… crack the foundation of her
    presidency from her first day in office. The cracks deepened following
    Estrada’s arrest in May, a foolishly showy affair that made him a martyr and
    caused mob riots quickly dubbed Edsa III… an economy in meltdown. An army that
    could turn against her. An ex-President who might be more popular than she is.
    And now, the US soldiers landing on her shores. What Arroyo needs is a bulwark.
    But without an electoral mandate, the only source is massive public support,
    the kind more likely to respond to image and inspiration than intellect.”

    From The Economist, July 28 to Aug. 30, 2001: “Gloria
    Macapagal-Arroyo took over the presidency in constitutional circumstances that
    do not stand up well to scrutiny.”

    From the International Herald Tribune’s Philip Bowring,
    “Filipino Democracy Needs Stronger Institution,” Jan. 22, 2001: “However, far
    from being a victory for democracy that is being claimed by leaders of the
    anti-Estrada movement such as Jaime Sin, the evolution of events has been a
    defeat for due process. For many, it merely confirms the fragility of political
    institutions in the Philippines and the likelihood that the streets will become
    a regular location for political action.”

    Seth Mydans of The New York Times, on Feb. 6, 2001: “People
    Power II was met with doubt and criticism, described by foreign commentators as
    a ‘defeat for due process,’ as ‘mob rule,’ as ‘a de facto coup.’ It was seen as
    an elitist backlash against a President who had overwhelmingly been elected by
    the poor. This time it appears ‘people power’ was used not to restore democracy
    but, momentarily, to supplant it.”

    The Straits Times of Singapore quoted Lee Kuan Yew, as
    interviewed by Associated Press on Jan. 23, 2001: “The change of power in the
    Philippines was no boost for democracy because it was done outside the
    Constitution.”

    “A Risky Move by Filipinos,” said Jim Mann of the Los Angeles
    Times, on Jan. 24, 2001: “Now by contrast, we are witnessing the use of people
    power against a leader who was the winner of a legitimate democratic election.
    No matter how understandable it was, this outbreak of people power doesn’t feel
    like an advance for the cause of democracy, quite the opposite… Who or what,
    ultimately, was this particular movement against…”

    “A People Power Coup,” according The Washington Post, on Jan.
    23, 2011: “This time, however, the target of Filipinos’ ‘People Power’ was not
    a dictator, like Ferdinand Marcos, but Joseph Estrada, a constitutional
    executive who received more votes than any previous presidential candidate and
    who remained popular among the country’s poor… Though the SC ruled that
    Vice-President Macapagal-Arroyo should be sworn in as president, the legality
    of the transfer remains questionable.”

    For Hon. Cecilia Muñoz, Palma, Chairman of the 1987
    Constitutional Convention and Justice of The SC, the Constitution suffered
    “…when the ongoing impeachment trial of President Joseph Estrada was
    unceremoniously disrupted and discontinued and the issues on hand were brought to
    the parliament of the streets. The Rule of Law was set aside and the Rule of
    Force prevailed.”

    • penoy2012

      convicted plunderer pa din si erap.

  • blowcoldblowhot

    People, think back to the impeachment trial of then sitting President Joseph Estrada, where his demonization took place even before the trial proper by who else, if not the same lynching mob of today i.e. The Yellow lynching mob, the propagandist media, SWS and Pulse Asia.

    Estrada was supposedly very unpopular, so the anti-Erap media said. The people wanted him impeached. The people, said the media and the survey, said he was guilty. Going by the lynch mob and the surveys then, the conclusion was that the public sentiment was against Erap.

    And the civil socialites, along with the treacherous military generals led by Angelo Reyes, mounted a coup against the duly elected constitutional president, making it appear as a people power revolt, when it is not as it was a planned coup, and not what the Filipino people wanted.

    This was clear when a much bigger crowd staged a people power revolt and demanded that Gloria step down from the presidency, as Erap was still the president. They wanted the Constitution respected, not trampled upon by the elite who refused to obey the rule of law and embraced the rule of force.

    That revolt was spontaneous, and truly people, but what happened? Media killed the story until they could not longer keep it hidden. The military was not with the people but with the elite crowd that even spat on the demonstrators, as they were called the toothless and the unwashed.

    Surveys will again be conducted on this issue and it is certain that these surveys which are so incredible, will again come up with incredulous findings that will show public sentiment being against ERAP. But that may not be the true public sentiment at all, because by and large, the majority of the Filipinos, as proven during the Edsa III
    revolt, prefer the rule of law and dumped the rule of force by the lynching mob.

  • Gu3st

    yes, it’s just right to show his pictures in mug shot… this is election time… everything is on the table… let’s not forget what this plunderer did to this country!

  • jga94

    It’s not like they photoshopped the picture. It’s actually true and since Pinoys are very visual people, I think it is good srartegy to remind people that Erap has been convicted of plunder.

    So far as I know, most of the propaganda hurled vs Erap are true anyway–political dynasty, plunderer, ties with jueteng (Chavit and Erap are chummy-chummy again), womanizer…..

  • eigendik

    “This one is below the belt…” Sa laki ng tyan niyan, mababa na ang belt nyan. Hence, anything above his belt is fair game. lol

  • TUBAGBOHOL.com

    It’s visible in all Google Images search results.

  • wawa2172

    The truth hurt, I hope that Erap and Lim see each other in jail. It wont happen however,especially Lim who was responsible of the the Mendiola Massacre and was also involved the the Luneta hostage taking crises. Erap sure is involved in Dacer-Corbito murder case. Erap tasted prison in Tanay but his house arrest is a BS. Lim however is privilege not to be put in jail, malakas kasi sa gobyerno ni Cory, Ramos, Gloria at Noy, naging kumpare pa ni Erap, Sana may mug shot ang dalawa: Murderer.

  • samarutan

    What is wrong with telling the truth? The problem with Estrada is he can no longer tell the difference between real and reel world. The people of Manila deserves better.

  • Tommy

    Erap’s playing the victim, but the real victims here are the people of Manila.

    Given a choice between Erap and Alfredo Lim, the only sane choice is to move to another city.

  • AllaMo

    In this plunderer’s world, truth-telling is viciousness and below-the-belt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/reuben.t.santos Reuben T. Santos

    A thief will always be a thief and that is the name of the game here.

  • Beguine

    This is not a below the belt hit, it’s the truth.

    Manilenos must be reminded every minute of the day that if they
    vote for Erap, they’re voting for a tried and proven and convicted
    plunderer.

    People have such short memories, a photograph can be the
    best reminder.

  • penoy2012

    In this corner…. a notorious crime fighter who sends robbers, pushers floating on the Pasig river….versus….in this corner, a self confessed womanizer and drunkard, and convicted plunderer….good luck to you Manila.

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