August 3, 2001 |
Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada was ordered to stand trial in October on perjury charges, and he will testify in his own defense against the corruption charges that led to his ouster, his lawyers said. Estrada will tell the anti-graft court that he never lied about his assets and that he did not hold interests in 55 companies, as prosecutors allege, defense lawyers said. Estrada also faces a charge of plunder, a capital offense.
July 24, 2001 |
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo outlined ambitious plans Monday to fight poverty, corruption and crime, but her proposal for a year without political bickering didn't make it through the afternoon. "We don't intend to stop as we are in the opposition and we will criticize the government responsibly," said Senate minority leader Aquilino Pimentel after Arroyo's first state of the nation address.
June 28, 2001 |
Joseph Estrada was arraigned on a perjury charge Wednesday and tersely answered an anti-corruption judge's questions, the latest episode in the downfall of the once-popular president. With last-minute efforts failing to delay the embarrassment of his becoming the first Philippine leader--in or out of office--to be arraigned, Estrada stood up in the packed courtroom, forced to go through the motions of any criminal defendant. "Mr. President, just for the record, how old are you?" the judge asked.
May 3, 2001 |
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo promised to arrest more opposition leaders and crack down on any new protests after clashes between security forces and backers of her jailed predecessor killed at least six people. She threatened a swift response to any attempt to rekindle violent demonstrations in support of former President Joseph Estrada. Arroyo declared a "state of rebellion" in Manila on Tuesday, giving police power to arrest without warrants.
April 30, 2001 |
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.
April 26, 2001 |
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.