Joseph Estrada

I want to be president again, Estrada says

Pardoned ex-leader wants top job, despite a deal not to seek office

Wednesday, 7 November, 2007, 12:00am

Arroyo aides float job for Estrada

Pardoned ex-president could be poverty tsar

Former Philippine leader Joseph Estrada could be offered a key role in the government of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, officials said over the weekend - days after her controversial decision to pardon him after a court jailed him for life for plunder.

29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Arroyo using pardon as a 'political ploy'

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's decision to free her former boss and rival Joseph Estrada is being viewed with a healthy dose of scepticism.

Critics see the manoeuvre as a desperate act of political expediency, designed to shore up Mrs Arroyo's rickety presidency with the support of the still-popular Estrada and his backers in the restive Philippines Congress.

27 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Arroyo spurns chance to bolster anti-graft fight

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 comparable with his grave breach of trust while in high office.

27 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Pardon for Estrada would undercut justice

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 to consider granting him a pardon.

20 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

More big fish to fry

Congratulations to Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, after her predecessor, Joseph Estrada, was sentenced to life imprisonment for corruption. Having made fighting top-level fraud a priority of her presidency, the case serves as the highest-level proof since she took office 5? years ago that she means business.

14 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

How not to fight corruption

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was in a combative mood this week, after learning that Asia's businesspeople perceived her nation as the most corrupt among 13 places ranked by Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy. Not only was old data being used, the trained economist argued, but under her rule the country's international credit ratings have improved.

16 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Muzzled Philippine rebel leader seeks one last chance to roar

The fire has gone from Nur Misuari's eyes. The man who once ignited the imagination of millions of Muslim Filipinos to fight for an independent homeland sits on a threadbare faux-French armchair in the spacious living room of a decrepit, rented mansion in suburban Manila - a prisoner of the state.

10 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Law a breath of fresh air for Arroyo and Estrada

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.

8 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Arroyo is likely to share my fate, predicts Estrada

Ousted leader rebuffs president's attempts at reconciliation

Ousted Philippine president Joseph Estrada claimed over the weekend that his successor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was doomed to share his fate as he rebuffed her attempts at a political reconciliation.

22 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Old habits die hard

What's wrong with the Philippines? Embattled President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has the answer: it's the politics. According to her, a 'deteriorating political system' is 'dragging down' the country. She has a point, but it is incomplete, because it leaves out why the political system is so shabby.

4 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Court clears way for Estrada's HK surgery

Jailed former Philippine president Joseph Estrada is expected to fly to Hong Kong for surgery soon after a court in his homeland granted him temporary bail.

A division of the anti-graft court voted 4-1 last night to approve the trip for knee replacement surgery.

2 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Top presidential security officer gunned down

Shooting is the third high-profile killing in Manila in as many weeks

A senior police officer in charge of security at the presidential palace in Manila was shot dead yesterday by unidentified gunmen, underscoring the fragility of law and order in the Philippine capital.

19 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

The reward for winning

On May 10, the Philippines goes to the polls, with incumbent Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo expected to secure the presidency, albeit by a narrow margin.

29 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Surfeit of ills

Since he was thrown out of office two years ago, disgraced president Joseph Estrada has proved to be a man of many parts - most of them defective.

6 Nov 2003 - 12:00am