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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Erap for President in 2010 officially announced

Yesterday at the Sto. Niño de Tondo Church in Tondo, Manila and in front of around 10,000 people, Erap for President in 2010 was officially announced.

In the video speech below, the 72-year old Joseph Estrada insisted that he did not commit any wrongdoing during his stint as president from 1998 to 2001. "Kung ako ay may kasalanan ay hindi ko kayo matitingnan sa mata (If I committed any wrongdoing I would not be able to look at you straight in the eye)," the former president said.

"This will be the final, final performance of my life," Erap told The Associated Press in an earlier interview. "I should not fail the Filipino people in this next chapter."

It can be remembered former president Joseph Estrada was ousted in a popular revolt by People Power 2 back in 2001, and then convicted of plunder but was later pardoned by the now President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Up to this time, debates are still continuous as to whether the candidacy of Erap is legal or not.

University of the East College of Law Dean Amado D. Valdez said only two categories are banned from seeking reelection: incumbent presidents, and those who have finished the six-year term as prescribed in the 1987 Constitution.

He said Estrada does not fall into either category. “Hindi pinapayagan ang reelection (sa incumbent) sa pangambang magamit ang resources ng gobyerno, yan ang ayon sa drafters ng Constitution (The incumbent is not allowed to seek reelection, to avoid his misuse of government resources – that was the concern of the Constitution’s drafters)" Valdez said.

“Hindi yan applicable kay Pangulong Estrada (These are not applicable to President Estrada)," he added.

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