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Will Erap’s JEEP Take Flight?

June 22, 2009


Will it sell again, the battle cry “Erap Para Sa Mahirap”?

Well the former president, pardoned after being convicted on plunder charges, apparently thinks so with his handlers raring to reactivate JEEP  – the Joseph Ejercito Estrada for President organization.

Several weeks ago Estrada himself put his iconic Jeep Ni Erap customized jeepney back on the street in Legaaspi City and over the weekend it was reported that Estrada was buying not a new jeepey but a bran-new 6-passenger Aerospatiale helicopter for his in his island hopping political sorties.

This acquisition of the chopper with a market price of 1.6-M dollars, to my mind, sets Erap’s intentions for seeking the country highest elective office in a more definitive way.

Mr. Estrada has also now said he was only joking about running for Congress should Gloria Macapagal Arroyo take that route next year.

So it will indeed be to the court of last resort, the Supreme Court, that Mr. Estrafda will be throwing his lot.

Estrada believes that with the prrsiderntil pardon having restored his political and civil rights, the Court will buy his assertion that since he was considered to have “constructively resigned” in 2001, he Is qualified to seek the presidency again “because it is 1 year short of the constitutional provison which says a president that has served for at least four years cannot seek reelection.

Here is that edict:

ARTICLE VII, Section 4.

The President and the Vice-President shall be elected by direct vote of the people for a term of six years which shall begin at noon on the thirtieth day of June next following the day of the election and shall end at noon of the same date, six years thereafter. The President shall not be eligible for any re-election. No person who has succeeded as President and has served as such for more than four years shall be qualified for election to the same office at any time.

Will Erap’s  JEEP take flight?

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