Supreme Court clears Erap as mayor in disqualification case

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The Philippine Supreme Court has spoken and it says former President Joseph Estrada stays as mayor of Manila.

In a vote of 11-3, the high court ruled against a petition that sought to disqualify Estrada from office, having been convicted of plunder and, therefore, ineligible for any public office.

But Estrada was pardoned by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

The Supreme Court noted that the pardon restored all of Estrada’s civil and political rights.

“The majority characterized the pardon extended by Mrs. Arroyo to Mr. Estrada as an absolute pardon, thereby restoring Mr. Estrada’s qualifications to stand as candidate for mayor in the last elections,” Supreme Court Spokesman Theadore Te said.

Estrada had branded the disqualification case as a political attack from no less than his predecessor, former Mayor Alfredo Lim.

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  • Generoso Magaoay
    22 January 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    If there is anyone to blame for all the dramas and controversies Erap has put the Philippines through is no other than the Filipinos themselves. Why not just join him in the office in rolling the “Jueteng” dice…

  • Generoso Magaoay
    23 January 2015 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    So the Filipinos keep voting for this guy who, during his presidency has done nothing but controversy and embarrassment. Is it enough that anyone could hand over a bag of rice during election thinking that the widespread problem of poverty would go away?