Joseph Estrada

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Joseph Ejercito Estrada, more popularly known by his screen name Joseph Estrada or Erap, which is the slang for and the reverse of pare or kumpare (godfather to one's child or a close friend or buddy), is the current mayor of the city of Manila and the former President of the Philippines.
Joseph Ejercito Estrada
13th President of the Philippines
3rd President of the 5th Republic
In office
June 30, 1998 - January 20, 2001
Vice-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceeded by Fidel V. Ramos
Succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
11th Vice President of the Philippines
In office
January 20, 1993 – January 20, 1997
President Fidel V. Ramos
Preceded by Salvador Laurel
Succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Senator of the Philippines
In office
1989 – 1993
Mayor of San Juan
In office
1969 – 1989
Mayor of Manila
In office
2013 -
Born April 19, 1937
Tondo, Manila
Political Party Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP)
Spouse Luisa "Loi" P. Ejercito-Estrada
Religion Roman Catholic


Personal Life

Estrada was born on April 19, 1937 in Tondo, Manila to Emilio Ejercito, Sr., a former Chief Sanitary Engineer of Manila, and Maria Marcelo. His brother Emilio Ejercito, Jr. was the actor who was(also known as "George Estregan"),(1928-1999). He studied at the Ateneo de Manila University but was expelled for unbecoming conduct. He enrolled at the Mapua Institute of Technology but dropped out before finishing college to pursue a career in acting. It was during his first term as senator of the Republic that he was conferred with a degree of Doctor in Humanities (Honoris Causa) by the University of Pangasinan in 1990. He was conferred the same degree by the Bicol University in 1997. Estrada is married to the physician and former senator Luisa "Loi" P. Ejercito-Estrada and has three children with her: Jinggoy, Senate President Pro Tempore, Jacqueline, and Jude. His child from his relationship with Guia Gomez), Joseph Victor Ejercito also entered politics and is the present mayor of the San Juan.


Estrada's dropping out of college and involvement in a street gang, as well as the film industry, displeased his family that they forbade him from using the family name Ejercito. He used the name " Joseph Estrada" instead. As an actor he acquired the nickname "Erap". He starred in over a hundred movies and produced more than half of them. He was the first FAMAS Hall of Fame awardee for Best Actor (1981) and also became a Hall of Fame awardee as a producer (1983). In 1989, on his first term as Senator, he made his last film in which he played the role of an activist opposed to the presence of US military bases in the Philippines. He often played heroes of the downtrodden classes, which gained him the admiration of a lot of the nation's many unschooled and impoverished citizens.


Mayoralty of San Juan

Before the November 14 1967 election for mayoralty of the municipality of San Juan, Rizal, Estrada had petitioned the Court of First Instance of Rizal, Quezon City Branch for authorization to use his screen name “Joseph Estrada” and the petition was granted. He then filed his certificate of candidacy under the name “Joseph Ejercito Estrada,” using both his birth name Joseph Ejercito and his screen name. On the matter of the electoral protest filed by Mr. Estrada against Braulio Sto. Domingo, the Supreme Court, on July 29 1969, upheld the judgment of the Court of First Instance of Rizal declaring Joseph Ejercito Estrada as the duly elected Mayor for San Juan, Rizal in the November 14 1967 election as of November 5 1968. He served as mayor of San Juan from 1969 up to 1986, when then President Marcos fell from power. When Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency in 1986, all local government officials suspected of malfeasance and anomalies, Estrada included, were removed from office.

Senate, First Term

He ran for senate the following year and won a seat under the Grand Alliance for Democracy (GAD) party.

Vice Presidency

Estrada then went on to become Vice President of the Republic in 1992. Estrada initially intended to run for the presidency in the 1992 presidential elections but later decided to join Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. of the Nationalist People's Coalition and run as vice president instead. Cojuangco lost to LAKAS-NUCD bet Fidel V. Ramos. Under the Ramos administration, Estrada was appointed head of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC).


In 1997, after four years as the country's second-in-command, Estrada finally decided to run for president. His political strategists recognized that a large percentage of the Philippines' voting population was the “masa” and launched a campaign specifically designed to woo them. Finding a leader they could identify with, the masa rallied behind Estrada and his slogan "Erap Para sa Mahirap" (Erap for the poor), which is a slogan he still uses in his campaigns. Edgardo Angara was defeated by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the vice presidency while Estrada won by a landslide with eleven-million votes and was seated as the 13th President of the Philippines. Estrada took his oath of office as President of the Republic on June 30,1998 in the historical town of Malolos, Bulacan.

Domestic Policies

Early into his presidency President Estrada removed all sovereign guarantees which would require the sovereign Filipino people to assume the financial losses of private companies doing business with the government. His programs as president was under the name "Angat-Pinoy 2004". On the day he took office, a new agency in government called the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), which institutionalizes the processes of the Social Reform Agenda (SRA) in order to sustain its gains, was established. Joseph Estrada became its first chairman. The law also mandates the NAPC to enhance the programs, approaches and strategies to strengthen the partnership between government and the basic sectors. In terms of peace and order, President Estrada created the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) with the objective of minimizing, if not totally eradicating, car theft and kidnapping in Metro Manila. With the help of this task force, the Philippine National Police for the first time in history achieved a record-high trust rating of +53 percent. Panfilo Lacson was its first head. President Estrada also created the Presidential Commission for Mass Housing (PCMH) and with the help of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), he provided 190,000 households with housing units, construction and improvement of roads and bridges and construction of classrooms were started. The president also proposed improvements to the curricula to meet both global standards and local needs, and controlled the hiking prices of transportation fair, food and medicine.

In 1999, President Estrada signed into law and implemented Republic Act no. 8749, better known as The Clean Air Act, which states that "The State shall promote and protect the global environment to attain sustainable development while recognizing the primary responsibility of local government units to deal with environmental problems". In May 1999, President Estrada issued Executive Order(EO) 102 which streamlines the organization and functions of the country's public health care system. Also on September of the same year, he issued Executive Order(EO) 151, also known as Farmer’s Trust Fund, which allows the voluntary consolidation of small farm operation into medium and large scale integrated enterprise that can access long-term capital. President Estrada launched the sa Magkabalikat Para sa Agraryong Kaunlaran or MAGKASAKA. The DAR forged joint ventures between private investors and the agrarian sector to make FBs competitive.

International Relations

The Estrada administration upheld the foreign policy thrusts of the Ramos administration, focusing on national security, economic diplomacy, assistance to nationals, and image-building. The Philippines continued to be at the forefront of the regional and multilateral arena. It successfully hosted the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in July 1998 and undertook confidence-building measures with China over the South China Sea issue through a meeting in March 1999. President Estrada strengthened bilateral ties with neighboring countries by his visits to Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea.

On 1999 the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States was ratified in the Senate. The country also sent a delegation of 108 observers to the Indonesian parliamentary elections, and engaged in cooperative activities in the areas of security, defense, combating transnational crimes, economy, culture, and the protection of OFWs and Filipinos abroad.


In 1998, the Philippine economy deteriorated again as a result of spill over from the Asian financial crisis, although not as much as other Asian nations, and a wave of natural disasters also dragged the economy down. Growth fell to about -0.6% in 1998 from 5.2% in 1997, but recovered to 3.4% by 1999 and to 4.0% by 2000. The inflation rate came down from 11 percent in January 1999 to just a little over 3 percent by November of the same year. This was in part due to the successful agricultural program Agrikulturang Maka-MASA, through which it achieved an output growth of 6 percent, a record high at the time. The peso was 44 to the dollar in 1998 and recovered by 38 to a dollar the following year. The interest rates were 28% in 1998 and came down to 14% by 1999. President Joseph Estrada attempted to resist protectionist measures, and efforts to continue the reforms begun by the Ramos administration made significant progress.

He also established a socio-economic program called "Angat-Pinoy 2004" pointed out five things for the economy:

  • The Gross National Product (GNP)to grow from 0.1 per cent in 1998 to 6-7 per cent in 2004.
  • Unemployment to decline from 10.1 per cent in 1998 to 6.7-8 per cent.
  • Inflation to slow down from 9.8 per cent in 1998 to 4-5 per cent.
  • The national government’s fiscal balance to improve from a deficit of 1.8 per cent of GNP in 1998 to a surplus of 0.7 per cent of GNP.
  • Finally, export growth to remain strong at 14.5-15.1 per cent.

Alongside these objectives, the plan calls for nurturing a "responsive citizenry" and creating an environment conducive to a better life for all.

However, a major bank failure in April 2000 and the impeachment and subsequent departure of President Estrada in the beginning of 2001 led to another slower growth.

Judicial Appointments

President Estrada appointed Hilario G. Davide Jr., then Associate Justice, as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines on November 30, 1998. He also appointed to the post of Associate Justice of the Philippines, Bernardo P. Pardo (1998), Arturo B. Buena (1999), Minerva P. Gonzaga-Reyes (1999) and Sabino R. De Leon, Jr. (1999).

Moro War

During the Ramos administration a cessation of hostilities agreement was signed between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in July 1997. This was continued by a series of peace talks and negotiations in Estrada administration. However the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a Islamic group formed in 1977, seeks to be an independent Islamic State from the Philippines, despite the agreements, a sequence of terrorist encounters with the Philippine military and the civilians still continued. Such of those attacks are 277 violations committed, kidnapping a foreign priest, namely Father Luciano Benedetti, the occupying and setting on fire of the municipal hall of Talayan, Maguindanao; the takeover of the Kauswagan Municipal Hall; the bombing of the Lady of Mediatrix boat at Ozamiz City; and the takeover of the Narciso Ramos Highway. The country's image abroad was damaged, and these attacks also scared much-needed investments away. In addition to this, the Philippine government learned that the MILF has links with Al-Qaeda. Because of this, on March 21, 2000, President Joseph Estrada declared an "all-out-war" against the MILF. During the war the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines(CBCP) asked Estrada to agree to a cease-fire with MILF, but Estrada opposed the idea arguing that a cease-fire would cause more terrorist attacks. For the next three months of the war, Camp Abubakar, headquarters of the MILF, fell along with other 13 major camps and 43 minor camps, all of which came under control by the government. MILF leader Hashim Salamat fled the country and went to Malaysia. The MILF later declared a Jihad on the government. On July 10 of the same year, the President went to Mindanao and raised the Philippine flag symbolizing victory. After the war the President said, "... will speed up government efforts to bring genuine and lasting peace and development in Mindanao". In the middle of July the president ordered the military to arrest top MILF leaders.

In his State of the Nation Address, popularly called "SONA", the president highlighted his vision for Mindanao:

  • The first is to restore and maintain peace in Mindanao--because without peace, there can be no development.
  • The second is to develop Mindanao--because without development, there can be no peace.
  • The third is to continue seeking peace talks with the MILF within the framework of the Constitution--because a peace agreed upon in good faith is preferable to a peace enforced by force of arms.
  • And the fourth is to continue with the implementation of the peace agreement between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front, or MNLF--because that is our commitment to our countrymen and to the international community.

In addition to this the president said his administration can move with more speed in transforming Mindanao into a progressive economic center. High on the list of priorities was the plight of MILF guerrillas who were tired of fighting and had no camps left to report to. On October 5, 2000, 669 MILF mojahedin led by the renegade vice mayor of Marugong, Lanao del Sur, Malupandi Cosandi Sarip and seven other battalion commanders, surrendered to President Joseph Estrada at the 4th ID headquarters in Camp Edilberto Evangelista, Bgy. Patag, Cagayan de Oro City. They were followed shortly by a second batch of 855 surrenderees led by MILF Commander Sayben Ampaso on Dec. 29, 2000.

President Estrada’s Financial Status in 1999

Months before President Estrada’s impeachment trial started on December 7 2000, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism published an article on the state of President Estrada’s finances. At the time of writing, while the president admitted to his extramarital liaisons with three other women: former actress Guia Gomez, the mother of his son JV Ejercito; Laarni Enriquez, also a former actress with whom he has three chilren; and Joy Melendrez, a former model with whom he has a son, the President did not explain how he was able to maintain and support his various households. His declared net worth of P35.8 million and net income of P2.3 million in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN) in 1999 were not enough to explain the lavish lifestyle and varied business interests of his families. He and his families combined were listed shareholders of 66 companies. The assets of 14 companies alone were worth P600 million. He did not declare in SALNs since 1987, his and his wife Loi Ejercito’s holdings in 11 companies, which transact with and are regulated by government agencies; these businesses raise conflict of interest issues for the President, and violate the provisions of the Constitution, that he should duly avoid conflicts of interest in the conduct of his office. His families formed 11 new companies since 1998. Guia Gomez alone was listed as shareholder and incorporator of 33 companies, seven of which are in real estate with a combined authorized capital of P200 million. The President appointed not only Guia Gomez’ business partners such as Julius Topacio, who was also undersecretary of a department and his chief accountant as listed in his 1987 SALN; Rosario Yu who was Estrada’s friend Lucio Tan’s ex-secretary; former presidential assistant Cecilia Ejercito De Castro, who was implicated in a P200-million textbook scandal, though he claimed he did not know her in the wake of the scandal; but also his kumpadres and kaibigans as mentioned in the complaint for impeachment against him. He appointed Captain Rufino F. Pimentel, a brother-in-law, as Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) director; Raul de Guzman, also a brother-in-law, as member of the board of regents of the University of the Philippines; and the son of Mr. De Guzman, as presidential consultant on environment and water.

Corruption charges and impeachment

Estrada's presidency was soon marred by accusations of plunder and corruption. In October 2000, Ilocos Sur governor Luis "Chavit" Singson, a close friend of Estrada's, alleged that he had personally given the President P400 million as payoff for jueteng – a grassroots-based numbers game, as well as P180 million from the government price subsidy for the tobacco farmers' marketing cooperative. Singson's allegation caused uproar across the nation, which culminated in the House of Representatives' filing of an impeachment case against Estrada on November 13, 2000. The impeachment suit was brought to the Senate and an impeachment court was formed, with Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. as presiding officer. Estrada, pleading “not guilty”, called for two of the country's leading lawyers to his side, former chief justice Andres Narvasa and Estelito Mendoza. Estrada was the first president to have ever been served the articles of impeachment but the Senate impeachment trial was disrupted in January 2001 when prosecutors resigned after the Senate as an impeachment court voted, by 11-10, not to open a second envelope that contained details of the Jose Velarde account at EquitablePCI Bank. This developments triggered People Power II which unseated President Estrada.

Impeachment Complaint Against President Joseph Ejercito Estrada

On the first ever impeachment complaint in Philippine history against an incumbent president, the complainants, then House Rep. Heherson Alvarez, Teodoro Casiño and Teresita Quintos Deles, took their oath and signed before a witness that they were filing said complaint based on the following grounds: bribery, graft and corrupt practices, betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution, and complaint was filed based on the provisions of Article XI, Sections 2 and 3 of the Constitution. The counts mentioned in the complaint are as follows:

  • Bribery
    • Receiving jueteng payola of P10 million a month from jueteng lords
  • Graft and Corrupt Practices
    • Taking of P130 million from tobacco tax to supposedly cover 1998 election expenses
    • Participating directly in his family’s real estate business that constructed 36 townhouses in Vermont Park Executive Village, Antipolo City
    • Swearing on his SALN that he had family business interests in only three firms although government records show that he and his wife, mistresses and their children are shareholders in 59 other companies.
  • Betrayal of Public Trust
  • Attempts to exonerate Dante Tan, a known Estrada pal, from accusations of insider trading and stock price manipulation of Best World Gaming
    • Covering up supposed abuses by two of his sons instead of letting the law take its course: Jinggoy, who was in a fight with doctors in a hospital emergency room and Jude, who flew a government plane to Cagayan de Oro and left without paying his hotel and restaurant bills; appointment of cousin Cecilia Ejercito de Castro as presidential assistant though he claimed not to know her at the height of the 1998 textbook scandal, and appointment of “more than a hundred kumpares as presidential advisers, consultants, assistants."
    • Fast growing assets in family firms; he participates in business for himself, his family and friends
    • Release of P100 million in charity sweepstakes funds to a foundation with offices at his home address
  • Culpable Violation of the Constitution
    • Breaking his oath of office which is to uphold the law when he provided Cabinet members with smuggled luxury vans, thereby violating the Anti-Graft Law and the Customs Code
    • Going against a 1994 Supreme Court Ruling by appointing Ramon Cardenas, Magdangal Elma, Robert Aventajado, Ric Tan Legada, Gaudencio Mendoza, and Raul de Guzman to multiple government posts

This was the first time Filipinos would witness, through radio and television, an elected president stand in trial and face possible impeachment. During the trial, the prosecution presented witnesses and evidences to the impeachment court proving Estrada's involvement in jueteng. The existence of secret bank accounts which he allegedly used for receiving payoffs was also brought up front. Singson, after being offered immunity by anti-Estrada lawmakers, stood as witness against the president during the trial and said that he and the President were partners in-charge of the country-wide jueteng operations. Though his credibility was questioned several times, the depth of Singson's personal knowledge on questionable activities of the President, drawing from reactions of the citizens, seemed to weigh more.

EDSA II Revolution

Main article: EDSA II

The impeachment trial took an unexpected turn when, on January 16, 2001, the court, whose majority were allies of Estrada, voted not to open a controversial envelope. This envelope was rumored to contain incriminating evidence against the president and its opening would have decided Estrada's fate right there and then. The prosecution panel and the officials from the opposition walked out of the court in protest of the vote. Senator Aquilino Pimentel also resigned as Senate President to signify his objection to the turnout of the proceedings. The events fueled a three-day street protest.

Gathered at the historic EDSA Shrine, the same site of the 1986 revolution that overthrew Ferdinand Marcos, hundreds of Filipinos staged rallies asking for Estrada's resignation. Students, professionals, and various civic groups took part in what came to be known as EDSA II. The number of protesters grew from hundreds to thousands in a matter of days. The rallies were also held simultaneously in provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao. On January 19, 2001, AFP chief Angelo Reyes joined the assembly at EDSA, announcing that the 113,000-strong Armed Forces of the Philippines was withdrawing support for Estrada.

On January 20 2001, news came to the thousands gathered at EDSA that President Estrada had stepped down. People Power II came to a head at his departure. Following the Supreme Court's declaration of vacancy of the presidential seat, Chief Justice Hilario Davide swore in the constitutional successor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, as the President of the Philippines. Mr. Estrada afterwards claimed that he took a leave of absence from presidency on January 20 2001 and left Malañcaang temporarily.


A few days after his return home, his lawyers filed cases of protest against the unconstitutionality of the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, that it was illegitimate, despite the local and international recognition of Arroyo's succession.


He was arrested at his San Juan home on April 25 2001 for plunder charges filed against him at Sandiganbayan. Upon learning of the former president's arrest, Estrada's supporters came in waves to the EDSA Shrine demanding his release and reinstatement as president. On May 1, 2001, the pro-Estrada protesters marched straight to the presidential palace chanting “EDSA III”. Violence soon erupted between the police and the protesters, forcing the government to declared a State of Rebellion. The military was able to quell the rebellion but when the melee was over, the streets looked like a war zone – vans were turned upside-down and tires were set on fire. Many of Estrada's supporters were arrested, including politicians who allegedly provoked the unrest.

He spent more than six years in detention, first at Veterans Memorial Medical Center, second at Camp Capinpin in Tanay and finally at his Tanay rest house.

Arraignment for Plunder and Perjury Charges

Mr. Estrada’s trial was delayed because his lawyers filed petitions to cancel the trial. On July 10 2001, a few hours before the rescheduled arraignment of Mr. Estrada at the Sandiganbayan for the crime of plunder and commission of felony through perjury, his lawyers filed a motion with the Supreme Court to declare that the trial at the Sandiganbayan was unconstitutional, despite Mr. Estrada’s vote to pass the plunder law in 1991 when he was still a senator. Since the Supreme Court had not passed a judgment on the motion by the time the hearing at Sandigan was supposed to proceed, the deposed president was arraigned for plunder charges, and this despite refusing to enter a plea because he did not recognize the court’s authority. His co-accused, son Jinggoy Estrada and lawyerEduardo Serapio also refused to enter a plea, hence the Court entered a plea of not guilty for all the accused. On November 19 2001, the Supreme Court en banc passed a judgment that the R.A. 7080, otherwise known as the Plunder Law, as amended by R.A. 7659, is constitutional, thereby junking for lack of merit Mr. Estrada’s petition to declare the law unconstitutional.

Setting the date

On September 7, 2007, the Sandiganbayan's anti-corruption court headed by Teresita De Castro announced that the court will promulgate the judgment on September 12, 2007 for the 6-year plunder trial of former president Estrada. Verdicts will also be handed down to his two co-accused. Court Sheriff Ed Urieta said a tight security on the date set will include 4,000 police and 2,000 soldiers, and military. Estrada, accused of stealing 4 billion pesos in illegal funds and falsely declaring his assets, has been under house arrest since 2001.

The Verdict

On September 12 2007, the Sandiganbayan acquitted Mr. Estrada on charges of perjury for not declaring his true financial status on his SALN but gave him a verdict of "guilty beyond reasonable doubt" of plunder, the first Philippine president to be convicted of such a crime. The court, however, considered the former president's six-year stay in prison as part of his 'time served' though it was unclear as to when he might be eligible for parole.

Along with the guilty verdict, the anti-graft court also ruled the forfeiture (in favor of the government) of Estrada's bank accounts, worth an estimated 442 million peson (including interests); the Jose Velarde accounts, worth 189 million pesos (including interests); and the "Boracay" mansion in New Manila, Quezon City. Estrada was however acquitted of perjury for falsely declaring his assets and liabilities while he was president. His co-accused in the plunder charges, were both acquitted.

The Sandiganbayan decision was only for the former president, Senator Estrada, and Serapio. Another accused, Charlie "Atong" Ang was sentenced to up to six years in prison and has been on probation since March 2007. The other co-accused, Yolanda Ricaforte, Jaime Dichaves, Alma Alfaro, Eleuterio Tan, and Delia Rajas were still at large and had not been arraigned as of September 2007.

Appeal and Withdrawal

After the conviction, Estrada and his counsel announced their plan to appeal the anti-graft court's conviction. Estelito Mendoza, one of the convicted president's lawyers, claims the prosecution failed to prove that it was Estrada who collected the proceeds and that the proceeds were public funds. But on October 22, 2007, the former president told the anti-graft court that he was dropping his motion for reconsideration on his verdict and would instead seek pardon from the president. The Sandiganbayan granted Estrada's motion to waive his right to appeal the next day. Estrada's withdrawal makes the court's decision final paving the way for the possibility of pardon.


He became a free man again on October 25 2007 on the basis of a pardon granted by then President Gloria Macapal-Arroyo; the pardon was announced by then Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye. Bunye said the President's decision was based on a Department of Justice (DOJ) recommendation and that Estrada's decision not to pursue the appeal for his conviction made way for the presidential pardon. The Press Secretary also added that the presidential pardon recognizes Estrada's six years in detention. Estrada's civil rights will be restored through the pardon if he accepts it, however, the forfeitures imposed by the Sandiganbayan in the earlier conviction will remain.

Return to Politics

2010 Presidential bid

On 21 October 2009, Estrada declared that he would run again for presidency in the 2010 national elections with Makati mayor Jejomar Binay as his vice-presidential running mate.

Disputes on the eligibility of his bid arose since he has been convicted for the crime of plunder. Under the Constitution of the Philippines, no individual may be elected to any government office if he has been charged with criminal offense. The Arroyo government also clarified that the presidential pardon given to Estrada carries certain provisions that prohibit him from seeking and occupying any elective government position.

Estrada ran for the presidency again in the 2010 elections, with then Makati City Mayor Jejomar C. Binay as his running mate, after the Commission on Elections approved his bid with the ruling that he was not covered by the Constitutional ban on presidential re-election since he is not an incumbent President. COMELEC added that the pardon has restored Estrada's civil and political rights. Benigno Simeon Aquino III emerged as the winner in the presidential race with Estrada coming in second in the final official COMELEC tally.

2013 Manila Mayoralty Candidate

In May 2012, Estrada stated that Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) is not a political party. Political parties are parties only during election time but forget about the masses after election. He insisted that his group is not a party but the Force of the Masses. PMP leaders claimed that PMP is getting back on its feet just like its leader who was deposed and imprisoned. After Mr. Estrada’s ouster, many party members had abandoned the PMP.

Mr. Estrada has since relocated his residence to Sta. Mesa, Manila in preparation for the city elections. His running mate is former actor-reelectionist Isko Moreno, who is Francisco Domagoso in real life, and the incumbent vice mayor of Manila.

Incumbent Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim’s supporters criticized Mr. Estrada as not being a “real Manilan.” In jest, he replied that he is Manilan because he was born at the Manuguit Maternity Hospital in 1937; Lim must have been born in Beijing, he added. On an interview, Mr. Estrada said that it did not matter if he, a former president of the Republic, was now running for a lower post as a city mayor; for him what mattered was service to the people, especially the poor. He was also running as Manila and not San Juan mayor because he was already through serving San Juan; San Juan is now beautiful. He plans to beautify Manila. Part of his platform includes the urban renewal of Manila, job and livelihood generation, all-out war against criminals and scalawags in uniform. Mr. Estrada had commissioned a University of the Philippines study on Manila and plans to implement the recommendations based on the study.

Estrada and Mayor Lim used to be allies. Lim was formerly a member of Estrada's PMP but due to a "falling out" with Estrada, he left PMP and ran for re-election in 2010 under the Liberal Party. Domagoso who was Lim's running mate in 2010 joined PMP in May 2012. In May, Estrada had not confirmed his intention to run against Lim but he had already begun criticizing Lim about the state of Manila. He said that in the past 20 years, Manila had been left behind by other cities including San Juan.


Preceded by
Salvador Laurel
Vice President of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by
Fidel V. Ramos
President of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by
Jejomar C. Binay
Chairman of Metro Manila Development Authority
Succeeded by
Ignacio R. Bunye

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