Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada has asked the Supreme Court (SC) not to oust him as the incumbent mayor of the City of Manila.
In a memorandum dated June 6, 2014, through his counsels Atty. George Erwin Garcia and Dean Pacifico Agabin, Estrada said that the petition filed by his opponent, former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and his canvassing lawyer Atty. Alicia Risos-Vidal, must be dismissed for lack of merit.
Estrada said that his pardon bestowed by then President and now Pampanga (2nd District) Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has restored his civil and political rights.
The Manila mayor added that the SC must uphold the findings of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on April 1, 2013 and April 23, 2013 which granted his eligibility and qualification as Mayor of Manila.
Estrada also asked the SC to allow his prayer for oral arguments in order to clarify the factual issues involved in his case.
He argued that “the dismissal of the instant petition is mandatory if not inevitable under the circumstances. After all, the findings and conclusions of the Public Respondent Comelec were based on the evidence on record and the prevailing laws, rules and jurisprudential doctrines on pardon and its consequent effects on the eligibility of Private Respondent Estrada.”
Estrada added that no grave abuse of discretion was shown by Comelec in making the ruling in his favor. PNA