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GUILTY? Erap jailed til 2010? Kapalit? T. De Castro, S. C. Justice?

This is the easiest thread in PEX.

Erap will be convicted and jailed til 2010, thereafter, Presiding Justice T. De Castro whose ascencion was postponed by the ONG snafu / SAGA, will be crowned GODDESS of FAURA like JUSTICE NAZARIO.



REPLY or shut UP !!!

Estrada to appear before Sandigan for closing arguments
06/08/2007 | 07:12 PM

Detained former President Joseph Estrada will appear before the Sandiganbayan on June 15 when the prosecution and defense panels are set to present their closing arguments on his plunder case.

Rene Saguisag, Estrada’s co-lead defense counsel, said the ousted leader’s presence at the Sandiganbayan is needed by his lawyers for their summation, which would mark the end of the trial proper of the plunder case filed on Apr. 4, 2001.

"In a case where his everything rides, as it were, and in the course of the day-long argument we would need to consult him, and since we submit that this is still part of the trial, his presence is a matter of right," Saguisag said.

Estrada, through Saguisag, also asked the anti-graft court that if police think they need more time need to make security preparations, the hearing should be reset to June 18.

The ousted leader is accused of amassing P4.1 billion in ill-gotten wealth after serving less than three years as President.

Among his co-accused are his son, outgoing Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, lawyer Edward Serapio, alleged illegal gambling accountant Yolanda Ricaforte and Delia Rajas, Alma Alfaro and Eleuterio Tan – supposed conduits in the illegal diversion of P130 million tobacco excise taxes.

Estrada and his lawyers have predicted an acquittal, saying the testimony of his 80 witnesses destroyed the government’s case.

On the other hand, Chief Special Prosecutor Dennis Villa-Ignacio believes his prosecution team successfully established their case and that he expects a plunder conviction against all the defendants.

Villa-Ignacio also said he expects the a verdict in August, based on the 60-day rule upon submission of the case for decision.

Estrada, a former actor popularly known as "Erap", was elected to a six-year term as President in 1998 but was ousted in the January 2001 "EDSA 2" bloodless uprising, with then Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo taking over. He was arrested in April 2001 on plunder charges and has been detained since then. -GMANews.TV


  • juanatoledojuanatoledo Member PExer
    Jinggoy Estrada confident of acquittal in plunder case

    By Volt Contreras
    Last updated 06:29pm (Mla time) 06/12/2007

    MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada formally sought on Tuesday his acquittal as a co-accused in the P4-billion plunder case against his father, deposed president Joseph Estrada, saying the prosecution’s evidence against him was weak.

    The senator said the weakness of the prosecution’s evidence was the basis for the Sandiganbayan anti-graft to grant him bail in 2003.

    In a memorandum summing up his defense, the young Estrada, his political career revived in 2004 when he won a six-year term as opposition senator, reminded the anti-graft court that the prosecution ''has not improved'' its case since he got out of detention.

    ''The same evidence that was considered by the court in granting bail will be the same evidence that the court will consider in resolving the question of whether there is evidence sufficient in the constitutional sense to sustain a finding of guilt beyond reasonable doubt,'' according to the memorandum filed by defense counsel Jose Flaminiano.

    ''No additional evidence, testimonial or documentary, was presented,'' the 27-page document noted. ''The prosecution did not present rebuttal evidence.''

    Estrada, then town mayor of San Juan, Metro Manila, was charged in 2001 as a co-conspirator in his father's alleged protection racket for the illegal numbers game jueteng. Prosecutors maintained that the scheme raked in P545 million for the Estradas.

    The Sandiganbayan special division received the senator's memo three days before the date set by the court for hearing the final oral arguments of the Estradas and of another co-accused, lawyer Edward Serapio.

    Last week, the detained former president expressed his desire to attend the crucial, whole-day proceedings set on June 15.

    The court is apparently breaking standard operating procedure for the first time in its 29-year history just for this hearing. To accommodate a huge number of journalists, for instance, loudspeakers would be installed outside the 146-seat courtroom, Sandiganbayan sheriff Ed Urieta said.

    But Urieta clarified that radio reporters in particular can only take notes and cannot air live the audio coming from the speakers.

    The prosecution presented a total of 16 witnesses against Senator Estrada in connection with the so-called “juetenggate.”

    Citing the 2003 bail ruling, Estrada recalled that only five of the witnesses ''implicated [him] by name,'' mainly prosecution's star witness, estranged Estrada crony Luis ''Chavit'' Singson, Menchu Itchon, Emma Lim, Jemis Singson, and Vicente Amistad.

    ''The theory of the prosecution which rests largely on the tainted testimony of [then Ilocos Sur] Governor Singon, a self-confessed particeps criminis [accessory to a crime], has too many loose ends that it has failed to tie up,'' the memo stressed.

    Admitting his role in juetenggate, Singson alleged that Estrada collected his own payola from Bulacan province from January 1999 to August 2000 at P1 million monthly.

    Singson purportedly kept a ''ledger'' of the payoffs wherein the senator was codenamed ''Jingle Bells.''

    In his turn at the stand, the young Estrada strongly denied Singson's accounts and painted him as a vengeful politician whose own jueteng kingdom was threatened by the introduction of the state-sanctioned Bingo-2 ball under the Estrada administration.

    He said Singson, weeks before turning against his father, personally asked him to convince the President not to give the Bingo-2 operations to his political enemies lest he become ''politically dead.''

    ''He is a witness with a grievance,'' the memo asserted.
  • juanatoledojuanatoledo Member PExer
    GUILTY NA SI ERAP, ROT IN JAIL TO 010, si Jinggoy, consuelo de bobo, guilty rin pero KONTI LANG, probation.

    Final arguments in Estrada plunder trial on Friday

    By Hrvoje Hranjski
    Associated Press
    Last updated 12:23pm (Mla time) 06/14/2007

    MANILA, Philippines -- The six-year plunder trial of deposed president Joseph Estrada is expected to close with final arguments Friday, setting the stage for a verdict that could reopen old political divisions in the Philippines.

    Government prosecutors planned to argue that a guilty verdict for the leader accused of amassing about P4 billion (US$81 million; €62 million) in illegal funds would be a rare chance for the Philippines to hold the powerful to account.

    In a memo published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, parent company of, the prosecutors lamented the failure to obtain "a swift and timely justice" for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies. Estrada's conviction may provide "a second chance," they said.

    Marcos, who ruled with an iron fist for 20 years before he was ousted in a 1986 "people power" revolt, died in exile in Hawaii in 1989. His widow, Imelda Marcos, once faced more than 900 criminal and civil cases, but most have been dismissed, with less than 60 cases remaining.

    Estrada's acquittal would "sound the final death knell for good governance in our country and irreversibly doom our generation to decades of abject poverty caused by the pernicious effects of continuing pervasive corruption," the prosecution said in the memo.

    Estrada, 70, remains a potent political force in the country, often seen as a battleground between his mostly poor followers and those of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

    Arroyo succeeded Estrada in 2001 after he was toppled in massive street protests. He has been under house arrest, but still holds influence as the patriarch of the opposition, and backed its candidates in May 14 midterm elections.

    He has denied any wrongdoing and accused Arroyo of conspiring with the country's elite, the Roman Catholic church and senior military officers to oust him.

    The trial, which started in October 2001, entered its final stage last year with Estrada's testimony. The prosecution has presented 76 witnesses and more than 2,000 pieces of evidence.

    The defense, also scheduled to give closing arguments on Friday, has maintained that the case rests on uncorroborated testimonies of Estrada's former friends. They included Luis "Chavit" Singson, a provincial governor who testified that Estrada used a youth foundation to launder money raised from an illegal numbers game called jueteng.

    Estrada's former gambling buddy, Charlie "Atong" Ang, struck a plea bargain in March by admitting to bribery charges and agreeing to return his share of tobacco tax kickbacks and commissions he was accused of diverting in conspiracy with Estrada.

    State prosecutor Denis Villa-Ignacio said he expected a verdict within 60 days.

    "We are very confident, especially after we have presented our evidence," he said.

    With a report from AP writer Teresa Cerojano
  • juanatoledojuanatoledo Member PExer
    Asia Pacific News

    'Strong evidence of guilt' against deposed Philippine leader
    Posted: 16 June 2007 0013 hrs

    Joseph Estrada

    MANILA : Prosecutors of deposed Philippine president Joseph Estrada said there was "strong evidence" of his guilt Friday, as they made their final arguments in his corruption trial.

    Chief of the prosecution panel, Dennis Villa-Ignacio said Estrada's defence lawyers were resorting to "legal jargon and dramatics... to swamp the honourable court," but had failed to rebut their evidence.

    However Estrada, who attended this last hearing in the landmark trial, said he expected to be acquitted.

    "This is the only way I can prove to the people I am innocent," he said, welcoming the proceedings.

    "My ambition now is to offer myself in whatever capacity," to help the country, Estrada said in a television interview, expressing confidence in his acquittal.

    However, when asked what he would do if he were convicted, Estrada gave a nervous laugh and said: "I don't know what will happen."

    The former president is charged with embezzling a fortune of about 80 million dollars during his 30 months in power through insider trading, protecting illegal gambling syndicates and skimming off government funds.

    He was removed from office in a popular uprising in 2001 sparked by a corruption crisis that now forms the basis of the charges against him.

    A former top movie star who still retains widespread popularity, especially among the poor, Estrada has insisted that he was illegally ousted and refuses to recognize his successor, former vice-president Gloria Arroyo.

    In his closing statement, Villa-Ignacio said that "the prosecution has presented more than enough evidence to convict accused Joseph Estrada of plunder."

    He cited resolutions issued by the same anti-graft court in 2005, when it said there was "strong evidence of guilt," in ruling against granting Estrada bail.

    "Before the bar of justice, it matters not if the person accused is rich or poor, popular or unknown, a former president or a (tax) clerk. None of these matter. Only the evidence," the prosecutor said.

    Estrada's chief lawyer, former justice minister Estelito Mendoza however argued that the prosecution could not prove Estrada was involved in a conspiracy to commit massive graft, saying the testimonies of key witnesses was not corroborated.

    Two other lawyers for Estrada will also make closing arguments before the session closes.

    If convicted, Estrada could face life imprisonment.

    The anti-graft court trying him still has at least two months to make its decision but lawyers on both sides expressed hope of a quick ruling.

    Despite his ouster, Estrada remains the de facto leader of the political opposition against President Arroyo and is believed to have had a hand in coup plots to remove her from power.

    Following midterm elections last month, the pro-Estrada camp appears likely to control the 24-seat Senate but Arroyo's allies remain in control of the 275-member House of Representatives.

    - AFP /ls
  • juanatoledojuanatoledo Member PExer
    Plunderwatch may have allied with jailed leader — Cagas, Javier

    Solons slam pro-GMA group for new pose on Erap conviction

    By Gerry Baldo


    President Arroyo’s allies in the House of Representatives yesterday lambasted the group Plunderwatch for taking a new stand against the conviction of detained President Joseph Estrada.

    According to Davao del Sur Rep. Douglas Cagas and Antique Rep. Exequiel Javier, there was something fishy in the sudden change of heart of Plunderwatch.

    “Plunderwatch was being hypocritical with its statement making politics as reason why it is no longer keen on Estrada’s conviction,” Cagas said.

    He noted that Carol Araullo, a convenor of the watchdog group, said Estrada’s trial for alleged plunder was only pursued by the Arroyo administration for political expediency and that they gave up on the jailed leader’s conviction after the prosecutors rejected their help that would strengthen the case against the ousted president.

    With the new stand of the group, Cagas said, Plunderwatch might have already formed an alliance with Estrada.

    “Probably, they have (sealed) a partnership with Erap (Estrada’s nickname) so that the group does not want to see him convicted anymore for the case they filed in 2001,” he added.

    Plunderwatch, during the last day of the trial of Estrada last Friday, said they are no longer keen on pursuing their stand against the detained president because the Arroyo administration does not have the moral ascendancy to convict the ousted leader.

    Araullo noted that Estrada’s administration was better than that of Mrs. Arroyo, which she said is racked by political killings, massive graft and corruption and election fraud.

    Cagas and Javier maintained that Plunderwatch’s sudden change of heart was “unbelievable.”

    “The Plunderwatch people were at the forefront of Edsa Dos (or Edsa 2), proudly displaying their banners on Edsa and shouting ‘Erap resign.’ Up to

    now, they claim victory in ousting Erap. They even trooped to the Office of the Ombudsman in full force when they filed the plunder case against him. Now, they just simply say they are no longer keen on his conviction. That’s unbelievable,” Cagas said.

    Edsa 2 refers to the second so-called people power revolt that toppled a sitting President, Estrada, in Jan. 2001 led by then Vice President Gloria Arroyo and supported by “civil society” groups, among them Plunderwatch.

    The first people power uprising, Edsa Uno (or Edsa 1), unseated strongman Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 and catapulted Corazon Aquino to the presidency.

    Cagas said Plunderwatch’s statement blaming politics for their change of stand is unfair to the prosecutors who have done their best to prove the case against Estrada.

    “They are insulting the prosecution (that) tirelessly gathered evidence to present an airtight case against Estrada. It’s unimaginable that the prosecution would refuse help from Plunderwatch, which strongly condemned his wrongdoings before,” Cagas said.

    Javier, for his part, said Araullo’s statement that Estrada’s trial was only for political expediency is an affront to the Sandiganbayan’s Special Division, which, the congressman added, has proved to be fair and objective in trying the case.

    The case dragged for over six years, with the defense and the prosecution resting their cases early this year.

    “We are confident that the court will not play politics in this case but would rather stick to facts, evidence and the law without consideration(of) the stature of the accused. After all, no one is above the law,” he said.

    Javier added blaming politics for giving up on Estrada’s conviction seemed only a lame excuse on the part of Plunderwatch.

    “It showed their lack of dedication and sincerity in pinning down Estrada. Why the sudden change of heart? Probably they have an agreement or alliance with Estrada that would explain the reversal of their previous stand against him,” he said.

    Also during last Friday’s final hearing, Estrada expressed belief that he will be acquitted.

    The detained president, who was present during the oral summation — a first in the history of the Special Division —along with his defense team, exuded confidence at his and his co-accused’s early acquittal of the charges of plunder filed against him by the Arroyo government.

    During an interview after the oral summation of the case, Estrada said he is relieved that the trial has finally ended.

    “I feel good… I feel vindicated,” he told reporters, pointing out that the oral summation gave the people and members of the media the opportunity to be aware of “the lies that have been peddled against him.”

    “The truth has finally come out. In the meantime, let’s just wait for the decision of the court,” Estrada said.

    He noted that the prosecution panel failed to rebut the defense’s oral summation.

    Defense lawyers Estelito Mendoza and Jose Flaminiano both said the prosecution’s failure to rebut the defense’s summation of the case was the first time they experienced this in their career as lawyers, explaining that since the prosecution did not rebut their arguments, it can only mean that “they (prosecution) failed to counter that which they (the defense lawyers) argued in favor of their clients.

    Presiding Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro said the case is now submitted for resolution.

    “Having heard the oral summation, this historic case, unparalleled in Philippine history, is now submitted for resolution,” De Castro said in open court before allowing photographers in for a photo opportunity with the justices and the prosecution and defense panels.

    Mendoza and Flaminiano were aghast at the decision of the prosecution panel not to offer any rebuttal on the summation of their plunder case and perjury cases against the ousted leader, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and lawyer Edward Serapio.

    Each of the members of the prosecution panel including Special Prosecutor Dennis Villa-Ignacio, Deputy Special Prosecutor Robert Kallos, John Torallba and Raymond Julio Olaguer stood before the court to say they are not going to rebut the defense’s oral summation.

    They added there is no necessity for them to rebut the defense’s arguments.

    Flaminiano said this is the first time that the prosecution has concurred with the defense.

    Earlier, during the trial, lawyers Mendoza, Flaminiano and and Sabino Acut, counsel for Serapio, told the court that the prosecution panel failed to pin the accused beyond reasonable doubt on the charge of plunder and perjury in addition to the case of the deposed president.

    Mendoza, during the oral summation, told the court that the charges against Estrada have not been proved beyond reasonable doubt even as stressed that the evidence presented by the prosecution failed to corroborate the testimony of Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson, on whose testimony the prosecution relied heavily, to prove its case.

    In the charge that Estrada had amassed ill-gotten wealth from jueteng operations, he pointed out that the prosecution panel has not even presented a “single jueteng lord” to substantiate Singson’s allegations against the ousted leader.

    Mendoza also told the court that there was no effort on the part of the prosecution panel to subpoena jueteng lords who could have been part of the plunder case.

    He said this shows that the prosecution panel is guilty of selective prosecution.

    Earlier reports said Mrs. Arroyo wants the court to convict Estrada, having mentioned this in a conversation she had with a religious leader.

    It was also reported that former President Fidel Ramos wants her to have Estrada convicted.
  • I posted this June 8, now my prophecy is impeccable as brilliant as eraps barong and cream trousers this am:

    The Joseph Estrada Verdict

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Joseph Ejercito Estrada ("Erap" in the streets and movies) (born Jose Marcelo Ejercito on April 19, 1937), is the Philippines top film actor and was the deposed 13th President of the Philippines from June 30, 1998 to January 20, 2001. On September 12, 2007, he was acquitted of perjury but found guilty of plunder and sentenced to reclusion perpetua with the accesory penalties of perpetual disqualification from public office and forfeiture of ill-gotten wealth.

    On September 11, 2007, as controversial political figure, Estrada released a statement to the poor Filipinos: "I have been imprisoned for 6 years, 4 months and 17 days but because of your prayers, help and love, I have endured all these ... Whatever the Sandiganbayan (corruption court) will decide, I am ready because I know my countrymen have acquitted me."[1]

    On September 12, 2007, Sandiganbayan's Presiding Justice Teresita De Castro and 2 other magistrates unanimously acquitted his son, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, and a lawyer Edward Serapio of plunder charges. The Fallo of the 262-page Decision declared the forfeiture in favor of the government: P542.701 million (bank accounts including interest), P189 million (Jose Velarde accounts including interest) and the Boracay mansion in New Manila, Quezon City.[2][3]

    Only the fallo or dispositive part of 2 judgments were read (resulting to only 15 minutes judicial proceedings).[4]During the reading of the judgment, witnesses said Joseph Estrada cried; his wife, Luisa Ejercito Estrada, Jackie Ejercito Lopez, San Juan Mayor Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito, (Estrada's son with Guia Gomez), other family members and mistresses (including, Laarni Enriquez) all wept during the promulgation by the clerk.[5]

    Estrada's lawyer Estelito Mendoza stated that Estrada will file a motion for reconsideration (before September 27) of the 262-page Judgment and then appeal the verdict to the High Tribunal. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it will support a presidential pardon for Estrada. Jinggoy Estrada said The people will receive this with moral outrage and disgust. The time of reckoning will come. That time may not be too far now. ``This verdict is intended to legitimize the occupancy of an illegal tenant in Malacanang[6][7]

    Estrada, in Filipino Barong Tagalog (pineapple fibre dress shirt and cream trousers) with his trademark wristband stated that "I thought the role of justice would prevail here but really it's a kangaroo court." President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo stated that the court's decision must be accepted: "We hope and pray that the rule of law will prevail." Estrada's counsel Rene A.V. Saguisag issued the statement:"VICTORS' JUSTICE" - "It's victors' justice. It's ruling class justice. The special division (of the court) was programmed to convict. We never had a chance." Estrada will appeal the verdict and would be under automatic review at the Supreme Court of the Philippines.[8]

    Estrada told AFP that he was resigned for the latest drama in his presidency: "last and best performance of my life." The prosecution's lead counsel Dennis Villa-Ignacio proudly asserted: "It shows that our judicial system really works.This is the last chance for the state to show that we can do it, that we can charge, prosecute and convict a public official regardless of his stature."[9]

    Joseph Estrada rose from obscurirty to having been top Filipino film star, then hit the mark, by claiming the Presidency until destiny sent him to jail. He stated to AFP "I feel depressed, but it's my style not to show it." Before the release of the fatalistic judgment, he warned that he prevent his fans from making street protests.[10]

    Estrada returned to his villa in Tanay, Rizal (driven on from a golf cart), to the helicopter)[11] The court permitted him to return to his villa, "until further orders".[12]

    Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy stated that the arrival of the USS Chung-Hoon and USS Milius, Missile destroyers was a goodwill visit to strengthen the ties between the U.S. and the Philippines.[13]

    [edit] External Links
    GMA NEWS.TV, A one-stop, multimedia microsite: The Estrada plunder trial verdict
    GMA NEWS.TV, Estrada Plunder Trial
    TOC Plaintiff's Memorandum
    Plaintiff's Memorandum
    GMA Video, Court Session on Joseph Estrada's verdict GMA Video, Sandigan finds Erap guilty of plunder]
    GMA Video, Interview with Estrada after conviction
    GMA Video, Estradas overcome with sadness, after verdict

    [edit] References
    ^ BBC NEWS, Estrada gets life for corruption
    ^ GMA NEWS.TV, Sandigan forfeits Erap's 'Velarde' accounts, Boracay mansion
    ^ New York Times, Philippines Ex-President Convicted
    ^ Reuters, Philippines' Estrada deadpan when sentenced to life
    ^ GMA NEWS. TV, Erap plunder drama: The wife cried, and mistress, too
    ^ Bloomberg, Philippines' Estrada Guilty of `Plunder,' Faces Life
    ^, Estrada to file motion for reconsideration--lawyers
    ^ Reuters, Philippines' Estrada gets life
    ^, Deposed Philippine president given life sentence for plunder
    ^, Estrada: from movie star to Philippine president -- to jailbird
    ^, Estrada back in Tanay resthouse
    ^ Washington Post, Philippines' Estrada gets life
    ^, US warships arrive in RP
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  • 2 Sandigan justices eye SC seat in Estrada conviction--solon

    By Maila Ager, Tetch Torres
    Last updated 04:14pm (Mla time) 09/12/2007

    MANILA, Philippines -- A possible seat in the Supreme Court might have motivated two of three justices of the anti-graft court to vote for the conviction of former president Joseph Estrada for plunder, a former opposition member-turned administration ally said Wednesday.

    Deputy Majority Floor Leader Jesus Crispin Remulla, former chief legal adviser of Estrada, did not name them but the Sandiganbayan special division that issued the ruling was composed of Presiding Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro, and Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Francisco Villaruz Jr.
    “It’s a sad day for us. It’s a defining moment in our justice system because of course it goes without saying that two of the justices, who rendered the decision, are now applying for the Supreme Court. So there may be motivations that can spur a person to come to a decision,” Remulla told reporters. checked and found out that there was no vacancy at the Supreme Court at the moment although there would be one by October 20 when Associate Justice Cancio Garcia would retire.

    Previous nominees for associate justice of the high tribunal were De Castro and Peralta although it was fellow Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong who got the post that was vacated by Romeo Callejo who retired last April at the mandatory age of 70.

    But questions on his citizenship cost Ong the post, which went eventually to then Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Ruben Reyes.

    Remulla also said that the verdict was also “highly political” because a complete acquittal of Estrada would not only vindicate the former leader but would also resurrect the legitimacy issues against incumbent President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

    Remulla said he was very sad over the Sandiganbayan’s decision, citing the inconsistencies in its verdict.

    For one, Remulla questioned why Estrada was cleared from the charges of receiving a P130-million kickback from tobacco excise tax when the same issue was used to convict him in his plunder case.

    “It’s not a complete decision. It’s not within the standards of what should be a decision for a special case,” Remulla said.

    “It will leave a deep imprint to a national psyche about our justice system so I think that hopefully, later on he will get justice as we want justice to prevail,” he said.

    He then advised his former boss to file a motion for reconsideration and a clarification of the verdict and if denied, Estrada should elevate the case to the Supreme Court and the people.
  • juanatoledojuanatoledo Member PExer
    Naganap na ang HULA ng propheta

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    Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada is seeking a full, free and unconditional pardon from the current head of state Gloria Arroyo.

    Estrada has been convicted by an anti-graft court for plunder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

    Our reporter in Manila, Shirley Escalante, says former president Joseph Estrada has withdrawn his appeal on the verdict rendered by the court, and asked for a presidential pardon.

    In his letter to President Arroyo, he said an appeal in court and the possibility of a favorable judgment will not justify his years of detention.

    He also expressed concern that his transfer to the National Penitentiaryn from house arrest could fuel national sentiment which could be disastrous for the country.

    President Arroyo welcomed the appeal for pardon and ordered justice officials to review it. A government official initiated talks last month for a possible presidential pardon for the former president after his conviction, but the talks collapsed.
  • kc5169kc5169 Member PExer
    Estrada, in Filipino Barong Tagalog (pineapple fibre dress shirt and cream trousers) with his trademark wristband stated that "I thought the role of justice would prevail here but really it's a kangaroo court."

    He is right, it is a kangaroo court, he should've been shot on the spot instead of put in prison, hahaha.
    Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy stated that the arrival of the USS Chung-Hoon and USS Milius, Missile destroyers was a goodwill visit to strengthen the ties between the U.S. and the Philippines.[13]

    Why is it the US having to strengthen ties, why can't the philippines do its part or make the effort to start this?
  • juanatoledojuanatoledo Member PExer
    ==Historical, Unprecedented Fulfilment of Prophecy==


    Teresita Leonardo de Castro (born October 8, 1948) is a Filipino jurist who has served as the Presiding Justice of the Sandiganbayan since 2004. On December 3, 2007, she was reportedly appointed to the Supreme Court of the Philippines by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.[1].

    In PinoyExchange, I wrote the Prophecy in a thread I posted - (Jun 8, 2007, 07:51 PM #1 juanatoledo - "GUILTY? Erap jailed til 2010? Kapalit? T. De Castro, S. C. Justice". []
    This is the easiest thread in PEX. Erap will be convicted and jailed til 2010, (of course he was pardoned) thereafter, Presiding Justice T. De Castro whose ascencion was postponed by the ONG snafu / SAGA, will be crowned GODDESS of FAURA like JUSTICE NAZARIO.

    On July 11, I created this article / auto here in WikiPedia:

    I created this article and autobiography since De Castro is a landmark figure in judicial history timing with the Erap case.

    --Florentino floro 06:46, 11 July 2007 (UTC)

    (cur) (last) 06:45, 11 July 2007 Florentino floro (Talk | contribs) m (6,938 bytes) (This is a newly created autobiography with links) -

    We hope that WikiPedians would further expand and add contributions during her reign as GOD OF FAURA. I congratulate Teresita de Castro.

    Justice who handled Erap trial named SC justice - report

    12/03/2007 | 12:32 PM
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    The lead magistrate who handled the plunder trial of pardoned former President Joseph Estrada has been selected as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, QTV Balitanghali said Monday.

    The television report said that Teresita de Castro, presiding justice of the Sandiganbayan Special Division, gained the approval of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for the post.

    The 59-year-old De Castro is the only Sandiganbayan justice who was able to sit through the entire Estrada trial from 2001 until 2007, the QTV report said. She also penned the tribunal's decision on the case.

    She takes over the seat vacated by retired justice Cancio Garcia.

    Estrada was sentenced up to 40 years imprisonment on plunder but was cleared of the lighter charge of perjury.

    The antigraft court ordered the seizure of some P745 million worth of Estrada's illegally acquired assets.

    However, critics of the Arroyo administration had bemoaned that the Sandiganbayan should still go after billions of pesos that Estrada also allegedly pocketed during his rule.

    In an October 16 announcement, the Supreme Court said De Castro was included in the shortlist of nominees for associate justice.

    Justices Martin Villarama Jr and Edgardo Cruz of the Court of Appeals; Sandiganbayan Justices Edilberto Sandoval and Francisco Villaruz Jr; and Labor Secretary Arturo Brion, also a former CA justice, joined De Castro in the shortlist by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

    Cruz, De Castro and Villarama topped the list with seven votes each, followed by Brion, Sandoval, and Villaruz who all got five votes each.

    The shortlist was submitted to Malaca?ang for the President's final decision.

    Chief Justice Reynato Puno is the concurrent JBC ex-officio chair, with then acting Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, and Rep. Matias Defensor Jr as ex-officio members.

    Regular members of the JBC members are retired SC Justice Regino Hermosisima Jr, Dean Amado Dimayuga, and retired Sandiganbayan Justice Raoul Victorino. - GMANews.TV

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