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is erap estrada back and poised to be the next president of the country?

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think about it – will the philippines have a convicted criminal as the next president of the philippines? if that happens, will the international community be able to respect the president erap and the country?

erap estrada has been convicted of “economic plunder” by the philippine courts. a plunder conviction came with it a life sentence in jail and being convicted more than once for economic plunder, erap would have needed to die and live again to fully serve his jail sentence.

but that was not to be. president gloria macapagal arroyo geve erap a presidential pardon for his crimes and was set free. arroyo seemed to have a very soft heart for erap. months before the conviction, arroyo with lightning speed abolished the death penalty in the country. economic plunder was one crime that qualified for a death penatly. arroyo did not only save erap once, she did so twice.

and now we have the latest survey results for the presidentiables where we see erap among the top three – vice president de castro at 18%, convicted criminal estrada at 17% and senator and ex-senate president manny villar at 17%.

erap’s performance in the recent polls is remarkable considering that almost exactly one year ago, the same poll showed erap was not even mentioned or at least got less than 0.5%.

is erap back?

while erap’s ratings now are truly phenomenal, it is still too early to tell. election polls like these are the most volatile – the rankings can have dramatic changes over time. the closer to the actual election, the firmer the poll results. the fact is respondents or voters make up their minds closest to the actual election time. it’s very possible respondents who gave their answers in this survey, more than a year from the actual election, may not have taken their answers seriously and did not really give it much thought.

an equally important factor is that among other things, the political and economic situation for sure will be very different one year from now. these factors certainly play a significant role in voters choices for president.

distant as it may seem, you have to think about this —- can you accept that the next president of the country will be a convicted criminal?


source of survey: pulse asia at http://pulseasia.com.ph/pulseasia/story.asp?ID=659

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