Ousted President Joseph ’Erap’ Estrada: 12 years after EDSA II, the tide has turned

Ousted President Joseph "Erap" Estrada, convicted and pardoned for pardon, said on Sunday that the tide has turned against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who assumed the presidency in 2001.

Ousted President Joseph "Erap" Estrada, convicted and pardoned for pardon, said on Sunday that the tide has turned against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who assumed the presidency in 2001.

 

Jose Rodel Clapano of the Philippine Star quotes the former president, now running for mayor of Manila City, as saying "Arroyo is now charged with plunder and incarcerated at the Veterans Memorial Hospital, where I was also detained."

 

"I was charged with plunder, only so that I would be imprisoned with a non-bailable offense. I was tried and convicted by a kangaroo court, the first special court in the history of the country, created especially to convict me, the proof of which was that two of the justices who tried me were promoted to the Supreme Court immediately after the verdict against me," he also said.

 

He added he is a free man now "because I still have a purpose to fulfill."

 

Estrada was ousted from power in 2001 and convicted of plunder and perjury in 2007. Had he not been pardoned, he would have served at least 40 years in prison. Around P542.7 million in assets and property were also forfeited in favor of the government.

 

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