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.
April 17, 2001 |
Disgraced former President Joseph Estrada turned himself in to authorities Monday after a special anti-graft court issued arrest warrants on two of the eight corruption-related charges recently filed against him. He was fingerprinted and released after posting $800 bail. Toppled from power in a "people power" revolt in January, Estrada looked crestfallen as court officers took his fingerprints five times in a graphic demonstration of his fall from grace. Arraignment was set for May 17.
January 30, 2001 |
Muslim rebels said that an American hostage they are holding in the southern Philippines was coughing blood and urged the government to immediately negotiate his release. A spokesman for the rebel group Abu Sayyaf gave the government 72 hours from 6 a.m. Monday local time to negotiate the release of Jeffrey Schilling of Oakland and a Philippine resort worker. Acting Defense Secretary Eduardo Ermita rejected negotiations.