UPDATE: Erap-Binay tandem in 2010 confirmed
Updated October 15, 11:23 a.m.:
Former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada has confirmed earlier reports that he will be running in the 2010 presidential elections with Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay as his vice presidential candidate, reports GMANews.tv.
Despite legal issues following a plunder conviction, Estrada says he's running because "there's no longer a chance [to unite the opposition]." He chose Binay as his vice president because of Binay's experience as Makati mayor.
Estrada was ousted from office in 2001 and convicted of plunder in September 2007. Six weeks later, President Gloria Arroyo granted him executive clemency, restoring his civil and political rights.
Estrada and Binay will formally announce their tandem on October 21 at Plaza Moriones in Tondo, Manila.
Posted October 13:
Former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada may be running in the 2010 elections with Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay as his vice president, reports GMANews.tv.
"I believe it is already a done deal," says Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, chairman emeritus of Estrada's party Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP). Estrada's son and Senate President Pro Tempore Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada confirmed the Erap-Binay tandem.
"I know the date [of Estrada's announcement] but only Estrada can divulge it," Enrile says.
"[The announcement was supposed to be in October] but it may change depending on how fast relief can be brought to those affected by Ondoy and Pepeng," says Estrada's spokesperson, Margaux Salcedo.
Enrile and Jinggoy are included in Estrada's senatorial slate.