Erap Estrada’s Impossible Dream

“This will be the final, final performance of my life. I should not fail the Filipino people in this next chapter” – Erap Estrada, 13th Phil president

THE FORMER PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT JOSEPH “ERAP” ESTRADA officially declared his presidency for 2010 election with my former boss, Makati Mayor Jojo Binay as his running mate for VP.  However, Erap’s announcement during the United Opposition (UNO) national convention last Oct 21 does not make him an official candidate until he submits his candidacy certificate between 20-30 November 2009 to formalise his bid for re-election.

Until now not only myself but majority of us Filipinos locally and abroad are still in doubts about his legality to run after he was impeached in Congress and ousted in a popular second People Power.  Consequently, he was convicted of plunder and then pardoned by President Gloria Arroyo.

Is Erap legitimate to run again? According to my source (Planet Magazine), the following are the three valid reasons why Estrada’s ambition is only an impossible dream!

Firstly, 1987 Constitution, Article VII, Section 4 states that “the President shall not be eligible for any re-election.” Therefore, Erap is not eligible at any time in his lifetime for re-election, regardless he is not incumbent President.

Secondly, again, the Constitution states that “no person who has succeeded as President and has served as such for more than 4 years shall be qualified for election to the same office at anytime.”  Even Erap served his term less than 4 years; still he is not qualified to run for President because the prohibition of the Constitution only applies who succeeded the position, but not an elected president. For instance, Pres Arroyo was qualified to run in 2004 because she only served less than 4 years as completing the remaining term of Erap.

Thirdly, Pres Arroyo pardoned Erap on Oct 25 2007, a month after the Sandiganbayan convicted him of plunder. A partial of Pres Arroyo order states that “whereas, Joseph Ejercito Estrada has publicly committed to no longer seek any elective position or office.” Thus, Pres Arroyo granted him a “conditional” pardon but not an “absolute” one that restores his political and civil rights if he would not run again for any public office.

What do you think of these reasons? Are these legal arguments legitimate for making Erap’ final performance in peril?

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~ by reymos on November 21, 2009.

2 Responses to “Erap Estrada’s Impossible Dream”

  1. […] Is the ousted 13th President, Erap Estrada is legitimate to run? Find out more and you decide, CLICK HERE. Being a nominee of the 2009 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog awards is something to look forward towards the […]

  2. It’s really a circus out there: an ex-con Erap running for President and a current President running for a seat in Congress. We’re not being taken seriously anymore by the international community.

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