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comelec rules convicted criminal erap estrada can run for president

admittedly, erap estrada’s conviction in his plunder case has nothing to do with the ruling of the COMELEC to allow estrada to run again for president, but it is to us a very big sticking point.

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.”

read in full here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100121-248533/I-want-to-be-king-again

  1. Rommel
    January 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    ang pagiging pangulo ng bansa ay hindi nakukuha sa paramihan ng fans sa facebook o paramihan ng kakilalang artista. dapat ang ginagawang labanan eh paramihan ng napatunayan ng resulta, paramihan ng mga taong natulongan, at paramihan ng achievements na talagang nagdala ng positibong pagbabago sa ating lipunan. dapat yung ibang mga kandidato eh bago pangarapin ang pagkapresidente eh tignan muna ang sarili nilang bayan na pinanggalingan kung ito ay nai-ayos na nila.

    Kung track record at proven results ang pagbabasehan, kitang kita na walang pinanama ang mga pinagsama samang achievements ni noynoy, villar at gibo sa mga NAGAWA NA ni Gordon. lahat naman sila, matatamis magsalita. ang sasarap pakinggan ng mga pangako. kesyo di magnanakaw, para sa mahirap, at matalino. pero tignan natin kung sino sa kanila ang NAKAPAGDELIVER NA talaga ng mga sinabi nila. Aim High Olongapo. Prosperous Subic. WOW Philippines Tourism. 143 Red Cross, Most Exemplary Senator of the Philippines. Automation Law, Veteran’s Bill at marami pang iba. Ano pa ba ang hinahanap ba natin para masabing hindi si GORDON ang pinakaqualified na candidate?

    Malubha na ang sakit ng Pilipinas. Wag nating gawing parang showbizz ang kapakanan ng ating bayan. Panahon na para magumpisa muna satin ang pagbabago. Isang boto, buong Pilipinas ang panalo. Kay GORDON na tayo!!!

  2. Nosi Bako-a
    April 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    and that after stating that he had no interest in vying for public office when he was appealing GMA to give him pardon. WTF Philippines. He still managed to come in 2nd? what kind of politics is this? Damn. A convicted plunderer that under normal circumstances shouldn’t be allowed to run for office in the first place, did and almost won the presidency. And people bitch about how corrupt or screwed up the system and the government are yet they allow such a blatant mockery of our electoral process. Way to go COMELEC! Way to go Filipino people! thumbs up to us! *Proud to be pinoy*

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