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The campaign to oust Joseph Estrada revolved around numbers. The contest of rallies was the most crucial. For what could be more powerful and moving in the eyes of the undecided segment of the population than the images of their fellow Filipinos, whether supportive or critical of the President, walking out of their homes, offices, [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Features, Politics

Joseph Estrada told me he was going to be the best president this country would ever have. He struck me as sincere and I believed him. I supported him. Unfortunately, he had no real sense of what is right and wrong. He had no sense of accountability and governance. For instance, I objected to the [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Politics, Verbatim

Friday, Jan. 19; 8:45 p.m. Linden Suites, San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas The tell-tale signs are outside: the four black Pajeros with red blinkers belonging to the Presidential Security Group (PSG) parked in front of the lobby and big cars favored by Manila politicians coming and going. In 1986, Corazon Aquino spent her last hours as [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Features, Politics

“Estrada United Us” They came with different, even conflicting, interests and orientations. Their forces had clashed in the past. But they had found a common cause-to bring down a rotten and incompetent administration. And so, in a rare show of solidarity, they galvanized Edsa People Power 2. Take Sanlakas, a militant group that split with [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Politics

ON PARTY LOYALTIES: “Part of what I am I owe to Ed (Angara), part of what I am I owe to Peping (Cojuangco), part of what I am I owe to (Ernie) Maceda, part of what I am I owe to President Cory, part of what I am I owe to (Fidel) Ramos…. Nobody ever [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Interviews, Politics

Holding the coalition together More than anything else, the new President has to restore the one thing that got lost in Estrada’s years in office: respect for the highest office of the land. It’s what makes people look up to a country’s leader. It’s a true, abiding value that inspires a nation. Sadly, indulgence and [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Politics

Even as the tide began to turn against their President, Erap’s masa, his support base, refused to acknowledge that the end was near. When television and radio stations announced that Gen. Angelo Reyes and other officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police had withdrawn their support from the Estrada [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Politics

On Friday night last week, former Sen. Rene Saguisag went to Malacañang to commiserate with a vanquished and somber-looking president. They walked from the Ceremonial Hall to the Presidential Residence, and when they were alone briefly, Joseph Ejercito Estrada wearily said, “What an ending.” The end for the former movie actor-president came much sooner than [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Politics

Camp Aguinaldo is allergic to a man named Panfilo “Ping” Lacson Jr. Until the ouster of his patron, Joseph Ejercito Estrada, everyone had speculated on— and feared—everything that Lacson could do. Foes predicted he’d turn into a villain in the end. Allies had wished he’d seize the moment and turn into a hero. On the [...]

Posted on January 24, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security
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