Palace admits: Erap still potent for 2016

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Deposed President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada remains a potent political force to reckon with in 2016, a Malacanang official said on Thursday.

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Speaking to reporters a day after Estrada skipped the launch of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance as a political party, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the 78-year-old former leader had proven in the last two elections that he still has political clout.

Coloma cited Estrada’s surprise No. 2 ranking in the presidential contest in 2010 and his having defeated reelectionist Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim in 2013 as bases for his assessment.

“Kaya siguro malinaw naman na mayroong impluwensya si Pangulong Estrada [That’s why it’s clear that President Estrada still is influential],” he said.

Estrada, a former movie actor, started his foray into politics in 1969 after he won as mayor of now San Juan City (Metro Manila) and held on to the position for 16 years, before he was removed from office by the Ministry of Local Government after Corazon Aquino took power in 1986.

The following year, he was drafted into the senatorial line-up of the Grand Alliance for Democracy and was one of two opposition candidates who won seats in the 24-man Senate.

In 1992, he initially filed his candidacy for President but eventually slid down to become the running mate of industrialist Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr.
He won the race for Vice President.

Estrada consistently led all pre-election surveys and won the presidency in 1998 by a landslide.

His tenure was abruptly cut off, however, after an uprising following his impeachment in late 2000 forced him out of Malacañang in January 2001.

Estrada was later arrested and convicted for plunder but was freed after he was granted executive clemency by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2007.

Coloma admited that Estrada’s opinion on politics still matters, being a former president.

“You cannot discount the value of the opinion of somebody who became President of the Philippines because only a few managed to get to the highest position of the land,” he said in Filipino.

When asked if Malacañang is trying to court Estrada to side with the administration in the 2016 elections, Coloma said he is not aware of such move.

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9 Comments

  1. Amnata Pundit on

    Erap for president and Bongbong Marcos for vice. This will be the most potent combination in 2016 as it will unite all the contra-yellow votes in one ticket. Let the yellows chop up their votes with Binay vs Poe vs Roxas. We must put a stop to this 30 year yellow EDSA clown and chimpanzee show once and for all.

  2. Filomer Lin on

    If Mayor Estrada learned something from his 3 year tenure as president of this country, in the 2016 elections he would be wise enough to decide whom to support for the betterment of this country in starting with a clean slate in solving all the corruption, poverty, unemployment, slow justice system and other problems. He indeed has the influence on the decision of a part ng pwersa ng masa. He is actually an undefeated political figure of the country. His endorsement will practically have an impact on the 2016 elections.

  3. Pete Gabriel on

    Only in the Philippines where a known womanizer, boozer and plunderer’s view still matters. That guy is ignorant and have a total disregard of decency, and the so called Catholic priests are mum and tolerating this kind of behavior.

    • ZULTAN WAHID on

      are you a GOD? are you a perfect person without any peculiarities in yourself? Try not to judged a ones person for you will not be judged as well… it’s a virtue kindly adhere to it.

    • Braincleaner on

      Don’t be too hard on your own country by saying “only in the Philippines”.

      US President Bill Clinton, a known corrupt womanizer, engages in illicit sex (with a blow-job) right in his office with Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973). A former White House intern with whom United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having had what he called an “inappropriate relationship” while she worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996. The affair and its repercussions, which included Clinton’s impeachment, became known as the Lewinsky scandal.

  4. P.Akialamiro on

    There are still many of those they call “bobotantes” who wlll vote for their ‘hero’ in movie depite being sentenced for “plunder”; being an example of immorality being a womanizer, etc.; those who are not using their brains (if they have any) during election time.

    People should be reminded all the time about these possible candidates; ‘lepers’ in the governmnt. Or, be forever banned from running.

    • Ogold Azures on

      Akala mo kung sino kang matalino kung bumoto ah… Di ka pa nadala sa mga may mga master’s degree ng economics etc etc. pero ano ang kinalabasan ng bansa? Mayroon nakatapos pa sa ateneo, ibinoto ng bayan dahil sa mataas ang pinag aralan, iyun pala retarded naman at taksin pa sa bayan. Baka ito ang ibinoto mo, bobotante ka nga…

  5. laguatanlawzen.com on

    I think let’s try out Mayor Rody Duterte first then if this is not possible, let’s try again former Pres. Erap Estrada for 2016 Presidential derby. Let’s NOT gamble with Mar Roxas – inutil yan TUTA kasi sya ni ABNOY. If these two political figures are still not available, let’s try Gilbert Teodoro, a brilliant lawyer. Anybody that Abnoy recommend for 2016, mga inutil din yan. OK mga kababayan?

  6. Roldan Guerrero on

    If Estrada was not cheated in the 2010 elections, He should be the incumbent President and not the PIGNOY. Whoever will be LP`s standard bearer in 2016, Erap will defeat him/her. Roxas will be a no contest candidate since he burried all his political ambitions by giving way to a STUPID presidentiable who eventually became a president via HOCOS-PCOS