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Estrada Vows Not to Quit Despite Pressure

October 28, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

President Joseph Estrada said protests won't drive him from office, as Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo told him to quit and demonstrators threw paint at the Manila mansion where they say one of his mistresses lived. About 50 left-wing activists pelted the mansion with a potent fermented fish paste and then returned to paint slogans suggesting that Estrada was giving "the best" to his lovers while ignoring the millions of poor Filipinos he claims to represent. Estrada denies charges that he accepted more than $8.6 million skimmed from illegal numbers games and $2.8 million from tobacco taxes.

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