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  1. Pardon for Estrada would undercut justice

    Posted Sep 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Little more than a week has passed since ousted Philippine president Joseph Estrada was sentenced to life imprisonment for plunder. But his successor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, is ready ... court must stand. Corruption is the bane of the Philippines, being pervasive at all levels of society. Estrada was convicted of a charge considered even more serious: plunder. Pardoning him ...

  2. Law a breath of fresh air for Arroyo and Estrada

    Posted Jun 08th 2006, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles Along with the 1,200 inmates on death row, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and deposed president Joseph Estrada stand to benefit from the law scrapping capital punishment. ... in her political plans by persuading her to run in the 2004 polls. Sources said Manila was trying to arrange a papal meeting. As for Estrada, he faces the death penalty if convicted of the crime ...

  3. Arroyo spurns chance to bolster anti-graft fight

    Posted Oct 27th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... If ever there was an example of indecent haste, it is in the rush to pardon former Philippine president Joseph Estrada. It is an affront to the nation's people and to the rule of law ... of society. Yesterday Mr Estrada was walking free at his home in a Manila suburb, and boasting that his pardon from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo did not involve an admission of guilt. If he ...

  4. A job for Estrada would help Arroyo keep hers

    Posted Oct 29th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo claims to be dedicated to ridding her country of its biggest scourge, corruption. Her predecessor Joseph Estrada was convicted last month of a worse crime, plunder. Granting him a pardon and dangling a government job for him shows she is interested not in the national well-being but in political survival. By pardoning Mr Estrada, Mrs ...

  5. Murder reveals tangled family web of senator

    Posted Nov 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... recovering from a stroke. Like former Philippine president Joseph Estrada, Revilla Sr achieved fame in the 1960s by producing and starring in his own gangster movies. Both Estrada and Revilla had ... web were laid bare when police charged the victim's full brother and sister, Ramon Joseph Revilla, 18, and Romona Revilla, 20, with murder and attempted murder. The victim and the accused ...

  6. FYI: Are the rich and famous really treated to a different kind of justice than the rest of us?

    Posted Dec 16th 2007, 12:00am by Jonathan Hopfner

    ... the heavier blows of the law. Judges in the Philippines were so convinced of ex-president Joseph Estrada's corrupt practices they condemned him to reclusion perpetua, a sentence designed to replace capital punishment that is virtually synonymous with life in prison. Not for Estrada though- he was pardoned just days after being sentenced, although he had had to endure almost seven ...

  7. Libel suits pile up as presidential spouse 'defends rights'

    Posted Aug 21st 2006, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... the complainant [Mr Arroyo] is a very busy man,' the judge said. Last week, eight policemen entered the legislature trying to arrest Senator Jinggoy Estrada, son of jailed president Joseph Estrada, over a 10 million peso criminal libel suit filed by Mr Arroyo five months ago. The young Estrada had linked him to alleged smugglers in a privileged speech inside the legislature. The arrest ...

  8. D-Day for impeachment row

    Posted Nov 10th 2003, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... from the impeachment trial of ousted president Joseph Estrada, the House amended its rules on transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate. These can no longer be transmitted ...

  9. Arroyo's death-row amnesty angers crime-weary public

    Posted Apr 19th 2006, 12:00am by Alastair Mcindoe

    ... by her predecessor, Joseph Estrada, four years earlier. In particular, the abduction and murder of a young Coca-Cola executive, Betti Chua Sy, whose body was found in a garbage bag in a Manila ... of Commerce was not available for comment on Mrs Arroyo's decision. Estrada also wavered on the death penalty. The former actor initially adopted an uncompromising pro-death penalty stance. ...

  10. A child rapist... but he has friends in high places

    Posted Dec 29th 2007, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... of an 11-year-old experienced sex worker'. The Supreme Court rejected his appeal in 2002. Jalosjos enjoyed the support of at least two presidents. During the trial, Joseph Estrada once confronted prosecutors and demanded to know: 'Why are you persecuting my friend?' Estrada told them their efforts were useless because he would simply give Jalosjos a presidential pardon. Mrs Arroyo ...




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