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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Erap for President in 2010 confirmed

It is now official, Erap will run for President in 2010 as he confirmed it to local news last Tuesday. This is in spite of the fact that many are questioning its legality.

In addition, the former President has chosen Makati mayor Jejomar Binay as his running mate, whom he feels is the best man for the job. According to Erap, Binay's wide experience in the local executive is good enough to prove himself.

In the history of Philippine politics, Former President Joseph Estrada is the only presidential candidate who had more than 10 million votes. It happened when he run in 1998 and eventually won by landslide with fellow candidates. But in 2001, he was overthrown by the so-called People Power 2 for the case of plunder and was sentenced to life imprisonment in October 2007. Erap was replaced by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who is now the seating president. The latter then granted him executive clemency, which also restored his political and civil rights. Erap became a free man in October of 2007.

As of this posting, there are already 11 prospective Senatorial candidates in his camp. Among them are Erap's son Senator Jinggoy Estrada, Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares who is the daughter of the late actor Fernando Poe Jr and was also a strong presidential candidate in the 2004 election, and Congressman Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. who is the only son of the late president Ferdinand Marcos.

The formal announcement of the Estrada-Binay tandem will be on October 21 at the Plaza Moriones in Tondo, Manila.

Last September 21, it was Senator Noynoy Aquino who announced his interest in running for president with fellow senator Mar Roxas as his running mate. Meanwhile, Senator Chiz Escudero may also announced his presidential bid later with Senator Loren Legarda as vice president.

While Erap says that “There’s no longer chance to unite the opposition", I think the more choices the better. Nevertheless, the election in 2010 will show if the Erap magic is still there.

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