- There were three public officials who were involved in many criminal charges
- They faced cases like plunder, graft, corruption and rebellion
- However, they still made it back to the government
Many politicians have been involved in many controversies and criminal charges. Some of them faced plunder, perjury or even rebellion. Despite being arrested and detained, they were still able to have a comeback in the government and continue their public service.
KAMI has listed three government officials who made it back to serve the country:
Joseph “Erap” Estrada
Former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada was impeached back in 2001 the first ever kicked out by the Congress. It was when EDSA II happened. He faced many charges with regard to plunder, bribery, corruption, perjury as well as violation of Philippine Constitution. He was arrested back in April 25, 2001 as reported by GMA News.
Estrada faced many allegations like receiving P130 million worth of kickback from tobacco farmers, receiving P545 million from jueteng operators, and another P189.7 million kickback from Belle Corporation.
After being detained for 6 years, in September 2007, he was charged guilty for plunder by the Sandiganbayan and was sentenced reclusion perpetua. However, in October 2007, Estrada’s vice president, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo granted him executive clemency as recommended by Department of Justice. Erap was finally released by the Sandiganbayan.
In 2013, Estrada won as the Mayor of Manila and has been serving the city until now.
Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo became the country’s chief executive when former President Estrada was ousted. She assumed her post as the president in 2001. During the 2004 polls, she won the presidency against movie star Fernando Poe Jr.
Arroyo was also involved in the infamous ‘Hello, Garci’ scandal which stated that Arroyo allegedly rigged the 2004 polls through a recorded phone conversation with elections Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano. While still finishing her term as President, she ran as Pampaga 2nd District’s Representative.
As reported by ABS-CBN, in November 2011, Arryo was arrested for the rigging issue in Comelec. She was confined in St. Luke’s Medical Center when the arrest warrant was issued. Arroyo went through hospital arrest at Veterans Memorial Medical Center. In 2012, Arroyo faced a plunder case filed by the Ombudsman for allegedly using the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in a wrong way. The Sandiganbayan granted the arrest, still, under hospital arrest.
It was 2016 when Arroyo was acquitted from her plunder case. She also went back to serve in the Congress. During the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018, Arroyo was announced to be the new House Speaker, in replacement of Pantaleon Alvarez.
Antonio Trillanes IV
Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV is a known opposition. He was involved in the Oakwood mutiny which happened back in 2003. He protested along with 300 soldiers, a group called Magdalo, to expose the corruption under former President Arroyo. The Department of Justice filed a non-bailable coup d’état case to the mutineers. They were all arrested and detained in Taguig.
In 2007, during the hearing of their coup d’etat case, Trillanes walked out along with other soldiers and went to the Manila Peninsula to oust Arroyo. The siege lasted for 6 hours. There were gunshots fired and tear gas used. DOJ filed a rebellion charge to them. Trillanes was then detained at Camp Crame as reported by Rappler. Even if he was still in detention, Trillanes won in the Senatorial race.
In 2010, Trillanes was granted amnesty by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. However, in 2018, President Duterte has revoked Trillanes’ amnesty as reported by KAMI.
As previously reported by KAMI, Trillanes was once again arrested when Makati regional trial court (RTC) Branch 150 issued an arrest warrant and hold departure order with regard to his coup d’etat case as petitioned by DOJ.
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