Former president and convicted plunderer Joseph Estrada a.k.a Erap is announcing his candidacy for the up coming 2010 presidential elections.
However, when he files his formal candidacy on November 30, people will take this case in Supreme Court for sure. There is a legitimacy question for him running again since he once was president but was ousted on his third year. He argues that he is still legitimate to run because he did not finish his term, others think otherwise.
If I would be the one asked, we might just need to let it go. Let him go through the process without controversy whatsoever. In fact, let him do that movie with Ai-ai delas Alas. I’d like him to run again. Here are the reasons why –
1. Contrary to his 1998 land slide victory against Joe de Venecia, he has more than 1 formidable opponent this time. His perceived popularity will be up against even more popular and able candidates in Noynoy Aquino and Manny Villar. Heck, even Chiz Escudero will kick his behind.
2. The arrogant old guy thinks he’s the savior of mankind. Or at least of the Filipino people. Let the Filipino people tell him he’s not even close to any of Mars Ravelo’s comics characters.
3. The movie star turned politician thought that the Philippines is a huge movie production. He said he wants to just finish the last 3 years of his term then pass the presidency to the Vice President. Why, are we suppose to feed his ego?
4. The convicted plunderer thinks he still has the support of the people. He never imagined that during the campaign period, the voters will be reminded that:
- He is convicted by the crime of plunder. That he even thanked Gloria Arroyo for giving him pardon
- That his presidency was filled with controversy, midnight drinking spree with his buddies, a plunging economy, a shaking market and a corrupt government.
Let him run again for president. Let his butt be whipped off by other opposition candidates. And after the elections, let us all tell him to forever shut his big mouth up.
So, what do you think, do you still want him to run for president unopposed at the supreme court?