Estrada can’t run for president – Analyst

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THE Supreme Court (SC) decision junking a disqualification case filed against former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada eliminated all obstacles for him to seek higher office in 2016 except for the presidency, a political analyst said on Thursday.

According to Professor Ramon Casiple, while the SC ruling allows Estrada to run for a higher position next year, he may meet opposition if he guns for the presidency.

“He may file his candidacy to run for president, but I’m sure that somebody will also file a petition at the Supreme Court preventing him to run on the basis of the constitutional ban on second term of presidents,” Casiple explained.

Artile VII, Section 4, of the Philippine Constitution states that the “President shall not be eligible for any reelection.”


Estrada was elected as the 13th President of the Philippines in 1998 but he was ousted in 2001 over allegations of corruption. He was eventually charged and convicted for plunder and was sent to jail.

In 2007, then-President Gloria Arroyo granted Estrada executive clemency, restoring his civil and political rights.

In 2009, Estrada announced that he would run for president in 2010 with then-Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay as his running mate. A disqualification case was filed against Estrada questioning his bid for Malacañang. The High Court no longer ruled on the petition since Estrada lost, placing second to now-President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

Casiple said since the SC did not rule on the disqualification case against Estrada, a new petition can be filed against the Manila mayor in case he decides to join the presidential race in 2016.

A source at the Supreme Court also on Thursday said that since the High Court was silent on the issue whether Estrada can run for president, there is yet no clear prohibition that would bar him from aiming again for the country’s highest post.

The source agreed with Casiple that another petition can be filed against Estrada if he again seeks the presidency.

“There is no official ruling of the Supreme Court whether or not a former president or a sitting president can seek again the presidency,” the source said.

But amid speculations about his father’s political future, Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito, son of the former president, said he would prefer that his father retire from politics after his term as mayor of Manila ends.

“Being able to place second in the 2010 presidential race and elected as mayor of Manila [are]already a vindication, so for me it would be better if he will retire from politics,” Ejercito added.

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  1. Can you at least vote for a GOOD PRESIDENT, vote man to lead the country in good governance and no corruption, forget all those old dirty politicians, corrupt and political dynasty

  2. Anti-Judicial Compacency on

    “The High Court no longer ruled on the petition since Estrada lost, placing second to now-President Benigno Aquino 3rd.” – The present Supreme Court appears incapable of understanding the long term effects of not deciding cases which has future negative repercussions not only in jurisprudence but on the political and social life of the nation. If they only took time to address these issues, we would not be in this quagmire. Now, there is uncertainty that a once convicted criminal could run again as President.

  3. You can be analytical but the analysis relative to ex-President Joseph Ejercito and now Mayor of Manila running for President in 2016 is full of absurdity. In 2010, Erap was given the chance to run for President and was the runner up. Atty. Lozano contested the candidacy to my knowledge before the SC and there was no dissention/disqualification for Erap to run. Pres. Ejercito was not able to complete his term in office and therefore, re-election is out of the question. Those who are opposed against his candidacy in 2016 must be feeling something especially those involved in corruption at the present time. Pardon was absolute and Erap’s civil and political rights were restored. In North America, criminals are given the chance to start a new beginning without restrictions to their civil rights. They are helped by the Government so they can be worthy again to live in society. U.S. politicians who were imprisoned because of acts of corruption are able to aspire again to run for public office. Why are politicians and affluent Filipinos fearful Erap’s possible candidacy in 2016? By the way millions of Filipinos do not believe jueteng money belongs to the Philippine Government. The originator of “constructive resignation” should be ashamed because ordinary Filipinos in secondary schools know better than this former CJ of the SC. Is there constructive resignation mentioned in Philippine Government books? Be decent and dignified and adhere/obey/follow the rule of law.

    • The only thing constructive in Constructive Resignation was the imagination of those justices. Perhaps they were fearful that Arroyo might declare a revolutionary government and shut down the Supreme Court and get rid of them.

  4. He should get back what the yellows stole from him by running again, and if the SC stops him, he should field his First Lady Loi. That should give all the yellows constipation for life.

    • Anti-Judicial Compacency on

      That would not only give constipation to the yellows but the nation as a whole. With him or his relatives in the Presidency, only God can save the Philippines.

  5. First of all i dont like astrada at all, i think he is a corrupt individual who stole millions of pesos from this country. But i dont see why someone if they qualify cant run & run & run for re election. To me you should be able to run as often as you want, if you are good for your country your people will vote for you & if you are bad for your country & the people still vote for you then they get what they deserve, but if you have a great person who does everything right for the country it makes sense to keep him there as long as possible to benefit the country.

    • In the pinas, people vote for someone who lies. He is qualified or not, as long as there’s bribe. 100 pesos per vote.

  6. This topic is controversial because the Constitution was somewhat vague. Atty.Casiple quoted that “Artile VII, Section 4, of the Philippine Constitution states that the “President shall not be eligible for any reelection.” I am not defending Mr. Estrada but if Mr. Casiple finished the rest of the first paragraph, it states and I quote: “…No person who has succeeded as President and has served as such for more than four years shall be qualified for election to the same office at any time….”. President Estrada served for only 31 months or 2.5 years because he was ousted from office. The sentence quoted by Atty. Casiple categorically stated that no President shall be eligible for any reelection which is correct. But the subsequent sentence is an explanation that the President should have served for more than four years and Pres. Estrada did not fall under that category since he only served for 31 months or 2.5 years. The framers of the Constitution did not add that clause of serving for more than 4 years for nothing. If the Constitution did not state that the President should have served for more than four years, it is plain and simple that no President shall be eligible for reelection whether he served only for only 1 year, 2 years, or 3 years.

  7. Erap has ran the last time even coming close in becoming the president back in 2010! So why are yuou now saying he can’t when he already did? If he was allowed and in fact placed second, why can’t he do it again?

  8. Ex-President Estrada was a convicted felon. He was convicted of plunder and was sentenced to 40 years in jail.

    His civil and political rights should not be restored by a Presidential pardon.

    Philippine Congress should enact a law prohibiting presidential pardon to any politicians found corrupt by the courts. Why waste so much time and money prosecuting these people who will just be pardoned later.

    This is a mockery of our laws regarding plunder and corruption.