Erap running in the 2010 elections?

"Mircale" Needed to Stop Estrada

Only a “miracle” will stop pardoned President Joseph Estrada from pursuing the presidency in the 2010 elections.

By “miracle,” Estrada means having only one presidential candidate for the opposition, a wish he would unlikely achieve after Senators Manuel Villar, Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, Ma. Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, have expressed their intent to seek the highest office in the country in the 2010 polls.

Other visible hopefuls are Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Loren Legarda, religious leaders Mike Velarde, Eddie Villanueva and Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio.

“I’m still expecting a miracle of having a single presidential candidate [for the opposition],” Estrada said in a recent interview with the Yahoo! Philippines.

Estrada has admitted reaching out to some of the 2010 hopefuls to convince them to back out, but most insist that they have already decided.

The only time he would withdraw from the race is “If they all back out and we will agree on one candidate to ensure the victory of the opposition,” Estrada added.

He also believes that he has kept the “Erap magic.”

“I don’t think I will run again if I don’t see any Erap power back,” he said, noting that he has his own choices for a running mate but the formal announcement will be made in September.

The former president said he was also not worried about funds when election campaign starts. This is despite the pending forfeiture of his assets, which he claimed were gained while he was still a movie actor.

“I know I have enough money,” he said.

The Sandiganbayan on September 2007 convicted Estrada of plunder and ordered the forfeiture to the government of cash representing Estrada’s “jueteng” (illegal numbers game) payoffs amounting to P545.29 million with interest, including the P200 million deposited in the name of the Erap Muslim Youth Foundation; the P189-million commission from the purchase of Belle Corp. shares that ended up in the so-called Jose Velarde account, and the 5, 192.88 square-meter “Boracay Mansion” in New Manila, Quezon City.

After six years of detention in his Tanay rest house, and a month after his conviction, Estrada was freed following an executive clemency from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Debates on Estrada’s eligibility to run have once again emerged.

source: By Thea Alberto
Yahoo! Philippines

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  • butete


my friend just linked me to your community when i posted a rant about the broadband scandal, and i thought this would be a nice place to talk to people who thought like me. :D

name: nichole. but just call me butete cz i dont like it. :P

age: 19

occupation: bum and compulsive rant-er.

areas of interest: im not really that into philippine politics because it frustrates me no end. but i like hearing about it.

political leanings: im more of a leftist.

<* Whew *> Finally...

A community where i belong!!!! hmm... meron pa pala akong mga kasama sa mundo ngayon !!!! =)  
<* sorry to all NON-tagalog guys out there... *>

hi. i'm chester, at Galit po ako sa politika natin!!!!! =) parang kanta sa tange ko ang mga ganitong klase ng salita...
Isang kabataang nakikisingit <*DAW*> sa mga ganitong usapan na nababagay sa mga nasa edad na...<*grown ups*>
Para sakin, pikit ang mga mata ng kabataan ngayon sa ganitong usapan.. (yung akin, medyo singkit na...) 
Pero naniniwala akong hindi dapat maging mang-mang ang mga kabataan nasabi ko... (dahil isa ako sa kanila..)
Galit ako sa mga taong nasa pwesto at nagpapalaki ng tiyan nila sa upuan nila sa senado habang si Juan Dela Cruz
ay naghihirap... mahirap tanggapin na nagiging ganito ang bansang pinagtanggol ni rizal.. siguto, kung nabubuhay pa si rizal ngayon, eh baka umiyak pa ang kaluluwa niya dahil pinaalis pa natin ang mga kastila...
mga hinagpis ng isang kabataang tulad ko ang hindi matanggap ng mamamayan, dahil isa LAMANG ako sa mga KABATAANG hindi dapat makialam sa mga usapan ng matatanda. PEro eto parin ang alagad ni Juan Dela Cruz, nakatindig at naghihingalo. Buti nakita ko ang mga kapamilya ko sa community na to...

nawa'y may sumuporta sa mga pinagsusulat ko dito...
salamat<*tears of joy*> sa lahat ng mga susupota sa sinabi ko.

salamat po... <*applause*>

amen.. <*crus*>

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hilario davide

davide, after suggesting a revamp of the comelec, is suddenly moved to another post (as UN ambassador) by malacanang. do you smell something fishy? ano sa tingin ninyo, related ba itong dalawang incident na ito? is malacanang keeping davide away from the country because he could be a possible barrier to GMA's plans?
  • jeiki

From a forwarded e-mail...

Dear Tita Cory, Senators, Congressmen, Businessmen, Media people,
and all Bleeding Hearts Out There:

I am angry. And I know that there are many out there who are angrier
than I
am for the same reason. And that reason is simple. I am sick and tired
all you guys claiming to speak for me and many Filipinos. I feel like
screaming every time you mouth words about fighting for my freedom and
rights, when you obviously are just thinking about yours. You tell me
the essence of democracy is providing every citizen the right to speak
or her mind and make his or her own informed judgments, but you
do not respect my silence and the choices I and many others have made.

In other words, your concept of democracy is limited to having your
and your freedoms respected, at the expense of ours.

I am utterly flabbergasted that you still do not get it: we already
responded to your calls, and our response has been very clear - we
chose not
to heed your calls to go to EDSA or to Fort Bonifacio not because we do
love our country or our freedoms or our rights, but precisely because
love our country even more. Because quite frankly, we are prepared to
our freedoms and our rights just to move this country forward. You may
counter with your ideological propaganda and give me all the dire
about the evils of Martial Law, authoritarian rule, suppression of
etc., but quite frankly all we see is your pathetic efforts to defend
right to continue fulminating, filibustering, and sabotaging this
until you wrestle power for yourselves. You tell me that you are simply
protecting my freedoms and my rights, but who told you to do that? I
you that when I feel that my rights and my freedoms are at a peril, I
stand up and fight for them myself. I have done that in the past, and I
do it again when I SEE THE NEED FOR IT, not when you tell me to do it.

You tell us that GMA is not the right person to lead this country
she has done immoral acts. As someone who sees immorality being
wantonly in many ways every day and by everyone (yes, including the
ones you
do), I may have become jaded. I may have lowered my standards about
what a
leader should be. Guess what, Tita Cory, you lowered it yourself. When
accepted your incompetence and fought for you during the many attempts
against your government, I already lowered the standards to ridiculous
levels. Guess what, Senators and Congressmen, you lowered it yourselves
you ran for office and won and now make fools of yourselves in the
halls of congress.

But the simple truth that you try to obfuscate is this: you have not
able to offer me any viable alternative! On the other hand, GMA has
over backwards many times to accommodate you while continuing to work
despite all the obstacles and the brickbats you have thrown her way.

From where I sit, she is the one who has been working really hard to
this country forward while all of you have been so busy with one and

thing: to make sure she does not succeed. So forgive me if I do not
want to
join you in your moral pissing contest. Forgive me if I have chosen to
things from another perspective. You say she is the problem. I say, we
are -
all of us is the problem; more to the point, I think you are a bigger
problem than she is. Taking her out may solve part of the problem, but
leaves us with a bigger problem: you. That is right, YOU!

While I felt outraged that she called a Comelec official during the
elections and that she may have rigged the elections, I have since then
taken the higher moral ground and forgiven her. Yes my dear bishops, I
done what you have told me to do since I was a child, which you say is
Christian and moral thing to do: forgive. Especially since she has
asked for
forgiveness and has tried to make amends for it. Erap certainly has not
apologized and continues to be defiant, continuing to insult us
with his protestations - and he is part of your cause now! Cory has not
apologized for her incompetence but we have forgiven her just the same
because like GMA, she has worked hard after all.

I know you do not think that GMA's apology was not enough, or that she
insincere, or that that apology should not be the end of it, but please
spare me the hypocrisy of telling me that you do so for the sake of
protecting the moral fibre of society. The real reason is because you
blood and wants to go for the kill.

Well, I have news for you. I do not like her too. I did not even vote
her. I voted for Raul Roco. But as much as I do not like her, I do not
you even more. I may not trust her, but you know what, I do not trust
even more.

You know why I do not trust you? Because all you do is whine and
this country. You belittle every little progress we make, conveniently
forgetting that it is not just GMA who has been working so hard to
them. Every single day, we keep the faith burning in our hearts that
country will finally pull itself out of the mess and we work so hard to
that. Every little progress is the result of our collective effort, we
toil hard everyday in our jobs. Yet, you persist in one and only thing:

making GMA look bad in the eyes of the world and making sure that this
country continues to suffer to prove your sorry point. In the process,
continue to destroy what we painstakinly try to build. So please do not
surprised that I do not share your cause. Do not be surprised that we
become contemptuous of your antics. You have moved heaven and earth to
destroy her credibility, you have convened all kinds of fora and
and all you have done is test our patience to the core. For all your
efforts, you have only succeeded in dragging us further down. I say

Don't get me wrong. I am not asking that we take immorality lying down,
that we let the President get away with anything illegal. But you have
to prove your accusations all these time and you have not succeeded, so
is time to let things be. Besides, you are doing something immoral as
if not utterly unforgivable. The Magdalo soldiers are consorting with
communists - the same people who have been trying to kill democracy for
years. Cory has been consorting with Erap and the Marcoses.

So please wake up and take a reality check. In the absence of true and
genuine moral leadership, many of us have decided to cast our lot with
President, even if we do not like her. A flawed leader is better than
scheming power hungry fools who can not even stand up for their
in the face of an impending arrest.

Your coup attempts and the denials that you have consequently made only
underscore what we think is true: you are spineless and unreliable
who only want power but not the consequences and the sacrifices that go
the quest. Your one and only defense is to cry suppression when your
does not work. You are nothing but BULLIES who taunt and provoke, but
oppression when taken to task for your cruelty. You call for the rule
of law
and respect for authority, but so brazenly display your defiance and
disrespect for the same things you claim to be fighting for.

I would have respected you if you took the consequences of your actions
real heroes: calmly and responsibly instead of kicking and screaming
making all kinds of lame excuses. You say you are willing to die for
that you do all these things for the country and the Filipino, but you
not even willing to go to jail for us.

Come on, you really think we believe that you did not want to bring
down the
DESPERATELY TRYING TO DO in the last many months?

We love this country and we want peace and progress. Many among us do
give a **** who sits at Malacanang because we will work hard and do our
share to make things work. We the people will and can make it work, if
you get out of the way and let us do it. If you only do your jobs, the
you are supposed to be doing, things would be a lot simpler and easier
all of us.

The events during the weekend only proved one thing. You are more
and a serious threat to this country than GMA is. We have seen what you
capable of doing - you are ready to burn this country and reduce
to ashes just to prove your point. If there is something that we need
protection from, IT IS PROTECTION FROM YOU.