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September 12, 2007 | Sol Vanzi and Paul Watson, Special to The Times
A court today found former Philippine President Joseph Estrada guilty of taking more than $85 million in bribes and kickbacks, and sentenced him to life imprisonment, six years after he was ousted amid mass protests and military defections. The court also ordered Estrada to hand over $15.6 million and a mansion he built for a mistress. The 70-year-old former action-film star who was elected president in 1998 is a hero to millions of poor and homeless Filipinos.
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September 12, 2007 | Sol Vanzi and Paul Watson, Special to The Times
A court today found former Philippine President Joseph Estrada guilty of taking more than $85 million in bribes and kickbacks, and sentenced him to life imprisonment, six years after he was ousted amid mass protests and military defections. The court also ordered Estrada to hand over $15.6 million and a mansion he built for a mistress. The 70-year-old former action-film star who was elected president in 1998 is a hero to millions of poor and homeless Filipinos.
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NEWS
October 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The Philippine Congress took a first step toward the impeachment of President Joseph Estrada on charges that he accepted millions of dollars in illegal gambling payoffs. House Speaker Manuel Villar ordered that an impeachment resolution filed last week by opposition lawmakers be handled urgently by the Committee on Justice. Pro-Estrada legislators control Congress and would probably reject an impeachment call if it reached the full legislature.
WORLD
March 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada testified in his plunder trial, hoping for vindication five years after he was toppled in a 2001 "people power" revolt. If convicted, he could be executed by injection. "I have mixed feelings. I welcome this opportunity to present my side because I was denied that right in the impeachment trial when prosecutors walked out. I was not able to defend myself. I was convicted in the streets," Estrada, 68, told the court.
NEWS
July 1, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Former film actor Joseph Estrada took office as president with a blunt warning for the country's elite not to continue enriching themselves at the expense of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of people crowded into a Manila park to hear Estrada's inaugural address. "Why must economic progress always be at the people's expense?" Estrada asked. The rich must make sacrifices to help the country recover from the deepening Asian financial crisis, he added.
NEWS
December 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The head of the Philippines' third-largest bank resigned after impeachment trial witnesses testified that one of its accounts held millions of dollars in bribes collected by the country's president. Equitable PCI Bank Chairman George Go denied any wrongdoing but said he was stepping down to "eliminate doubts" about the bank's dealings with President Joseph Estrada, who is accused of graft, violating the constitution and betraying public trust.
NEWS
January 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Philippines' highest judge and four other members of a Senate impeachment court trying President Joseph Estrada on corruption charges have received death threats, the court said. Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide, who heads the impeachment court, said at the trial that he had received an undated letter accusing him of being "anti-Estrada" and saying his penalty would be death. Davide said the letter was signed "the Filipino people." He brushed aside the threat.
WORLD
August 27, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A Philippine court ordered a freeze on all assets of ousted President Joseph Estrada and his co-defendants in a $76-million corruption case. The court also ordered a freeze on assets of Jose Velarde, a name prosecutors say Estrada used as an alias to hide millions of dollars in bribes, as well as two houses owned by Estrada's co-defendants, Charlie "Atong" Ang and Yolanda Ricaforte. Ang, who lives in Nevada, has been fighting extradition efforts by the Philippines.
NEWS
November 12, 2000 | Associated Press
Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos joined a government-organized prayer rally Saturday that critics said was designed to demonstrate support for President Joseph Estrada as he faces impeachment on corruption charges. A helicopter circled overhead with a sign reading "Uphold the Law," a reference to Estrada's insistence that the corruption allegations be resolved through an impeachment trial, not through street protests demanding his resignation.
NEWS
October 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Manila's archbishop urged President Joseph Estrada to resign, saying a payoff scandal had destroyed public trust in the president. "He has lost the moral ascendancy to govern," said Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Sin, who helped lead the 1986 "people power" revolt that resulted in the ouster of former dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos. A provincial governor has said that Estrada received more than $11 million in payoffs, most of the money coming from illegal gambling.
WORLD
August 27, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A Philippine court ordered a freeze on all assets of ousted President Joseph Estrada and his co-defendants in a $76-million corruption case. The court also ordered a freeze on assets of Jose Velarde, a name prosecutors say Estrada used as an alias to hide millions of dollars in bribes, as well as two houses owned by Estrada's co-defendants, Charlie "Atong" Ang and Yolanda Ricaforte. Ang, who lives in Nevada, has been fighting extradition efforts by the Philippines.
NEWS
July 11, 2001 | From Associated Press
Ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada was arraigned Tuesday on the capital offense of economic plunder--a law he once championed to fight official corruption. But Tuesday, Estrada's lawyers argued that the 1991 law is unconstitutionally vague and that the charge should be dropped. The courts stood firm, however, on trying the former action film star, who is accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks during 31 months in office.
NEWS
May 4, 2001 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One president of the Philippines lives in a palace, commands the armed forces and rules with the blessing of the Supreme Court. The other president lives in a prison, faces the death penalty and can only wish that winning election was enough to stay in power.
NEWS
May 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Security forces fired warning shots, tear gas and water cannons early today to fend off supporters of ousted Philippine leader Joseph Estrada who tried to storm the presidential palace, demanding that his successor quit. At least four people were reported killed.
NEWS
April 30, 2001 | From Associated Press
The powerful head of the Philippine Roman Catholic church urged people into the streets early today to defend democracy and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, setting up a possible showdown with thousands of protesters supporting ousted President Joseph Estrada. Troops were put on alert after the call by Cardinal Jaime Sin. The country's military chief of staff held a 2 a.m. news conference to repeat support for Arroyo and deny reports that officers were defecting to Estrada's camp.
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April 26, 2001 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada was locked in a private, air-conditioned jail cell in Manila today after being arrested on allegations that he plundered the country while in office, a charge that could bring the death penalty. Estrada, who contends that he is still president, denies charges that he amassed a fortune worth more than $80 million through a series of corrupt deals and then used an alias to hide ill-gotten wealth.
WORLD
March 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada testified in his plunder trial, hoping for vindication five years after he was toppled in a 2001 "people power" revolt. If convicted, he could be executed by injection. "I have mixed feelings. I welcome this opportunity to present my side because I was denied that right in the impeachment trial when prosecutors walked out. I was not able to defend myself. I was convicted in the streets," Estrada, 68, told the court.
NEWS
February 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A disgraced but defiant Joseph Estrada emerged from seclusion to tell cheering supporters that he is still the rightful president of the Philippines and to vow that he will not use violence to reclaim power. He did not say if he was planning to retake the office. An official of his party said Estrada would pursue any claim "through the courts." Estrada was ousted Jan. 20, climaxing five days of a "people power" revolt triggered by the collapse of his impeachment trial.
NEWS
April 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Philippine police took former President Joseph Estrada into custody today, witnesses said, hours after a court ordered the arrest of the fallen leader on a charge of economic plunder, which can carry the death penalty. Estrada was seen walking out of his residence and getting into a dark van that was guarded by soldiers with rifles. Police arrested Estrada after dispersing hundreds of supporters who had formed a human barricade outside his home in a posh Manila neighborhood.
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