- Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s plunder case has been junked by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, who voted 11-4
- Manila Mayor Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada expressed his happiness for the acquittal of his former subordinate
- He then proceeded to compare the similarities between their cases
Incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada has pointed out the uncanny similarities between him and Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who has been acquitted of her plunder case two days ago.
Both had the ‘highest position of the land’ as President of the Philippines, has settled into a lower position in the government post-presidency, and were charged with plunder.
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However, there are still slight differences between their predicament, as Estrada served time in his rest house while Arroyo was detained in Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC).
Estrada was pardoned by Arroyo herself, while she was freed by the Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, Arroyo’s plunder charges were dropped after the Supreme Court voted 11-4. She was charged with plunder over four years ago due to alleged misuse of Philippine Sweepstakes Charity Office funds that was worth P366 million pesos.
Those who were not in favor of dropping the charges were appointees from the previous administration, notably Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguioa.
Despite the minority who opposed to junk her case, Arroyo is elated that the Supreme Court has finally put a stop to the ‘unjust persecution’ she had endured since she was charged.
The 13th president of the Philippines thought otherwise, and claimed that his successor was not guilty of her crime.
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“I am happy that she has been freed because it has been proven that she did nothing wrong,” he told reporters while clearing up Divisoria of unauthorized vendors.
He also assumed that Arroyo’s extended detention was a political move to bolster Aquino’s administration.
“That’s just how it is. Because it has been proven that she did not do anything wrong. It’s a good thing she has been released already,” he added.
However, he could not help but look back on what happened to him during the early noughties. He was ousted from his position by a ‘coup d’etat’ known as Edsa II. It was found out that he received an exorbitant amount of money from jueteng operators and owned a bank account with a different name, who apparently has over P 3 billion in his stash.
Despite the other claims used against him, Estrada denied that he was impeached while in position. He stated that he and his lawyers looked into the contracts he signed, but those who were keen to bring him down were not able to provide any evidence to their claims.
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“It was too much. Our former President (Corazon) Aquino said sorry, the Church said sorry because of what they did to me. They did not prove anything, that I stole,” he said.
Will Arroyo also have that same case with him?-Kami Media