comelec rules convicted criminal erap estrada can run for president
the COMELEC in its decision only considered the constitutional prohibition on former presidents running for a 2nd term in office.
The Comelec’s second division ruled that Estrada was not covered by the constitutional provision barring an incumbent president from reelection because he was not a sitting president seeking a second term.
this whole thing leaves a very bad taste in the mouth. we find it more than strange that a person convicted of the crime of plunder is allowed and able to run for president. of course he was granted a presidential pardon by arroyo but that did not over-turn estrada’s conviction.
the other point that is hard for us to digest is that estrada is running a good 3rd in the national surveys of SWS and Pulse Asia, a good 15% of the ratings. as it stands now, he appears to be the dark horse in this election against the leaders aquino and villar. it as if 15% of the voters have forgotten the philippine court has rendered judgement that money was plundered by estrada.
we think it is ironical that most filipinos bewail and complain about the country’s justice system while it is so easy for us to forget the decisions the justice system has made. the justice system gave estrada what is due him, but the people, the 15% who chose estrada in the surveys did not.
Estrada gets Comelec nod: Watch my rating soar
By Philip Tubeza, Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:07:00 01/21/2010
MANILA, Philippines—Why just be a “kingmaker” when you can be the “king” yourself?
Fresh from getting the nod of a division of the Commission on Elections for him to take another shot at Malacañang, deposed President Joseph Estrada Wednesday said he would not withdraw from the presidential race.
Estrada said he would slug it out “to the end” because he wanted to be “king again.”