Joseph Ejercito Estrada

Joseph Ejercito EstradaAKA Joseph Marcelo Ejercito

Born: 19-Apr-1937
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Gender: Male
Ethnicity: Asian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Deposed president of the Philippines
Nationality: Filipino

Father: Emilio Ejercito
Mother: Maria Marcelo
Wife: Dr. Luisa "Loi" Pimentel

University: Ateneo de Manila University (expelled)
University: Mapua Institute of Technology (dropped out)


Joseph Ejercito EstradaAKA Joseph Marcelo Ejercito

Born: 19-Apr-1937
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Gender: Male
Ethnicity: Asian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Head of State

Nationality: Philippines
Executive summary: Deposed president of the Philippines

Father: Emilio Ejercito
Mother: Maria Marcelo
Wife: Dr. Luisa "Loi" Pimentel
with Loi Estrada:
1. Jinggoy Estrada (Senator)
2. Jude Estrada
3. Jackie Estrada (married to a Lopez)
with Guia Gomez
1. Josephg Victor (JV) Ejercito(Mayor of San Juan)

University: Ateneo de Manila University (expelled)
University: Mapua Institute of Technology (dropped out)

President of the Philippines 30-Jun-1998 to 20-Jan-2001
Estrada was born Joseph Ejercito in San Juan on April 19, 1937. Contrary to the popular notion that he tasted poverty, Estrada, a son of a government contractor, lived relatively well-off. After being expelled from the Ateneo de Manila in his younger years, he enrolled in an Engineering course at the Mapua Institute of Technology, eventually dropping out to pursue an acting carreer.

He starred in about 100 films, the most popular of which was "Asiong Salonga", a movie about a modern day Robin Hood born in Tondo. From then, Estrada embraced the image of a tough hero who was ready to fight the rich and powerful for the sake of the poor. But he had a contender in this role, Fernando Poe Jr. who became his friend and gave him the nickname "Erap", the inverted pronunciation of the word "Pare" (loosely: "Friend").

As a movie celebrity, Estrada had himself surrounded by many beautiful women, aside from her wife Loi Ejercito. Among these women were Nora Aunor, Guia Gomez, Joy Melendrez and Laarni Enriquez. There were more who claimed they had a relationship with him.

* Sa kuko ng agila (1989)
* Order to Kill (1985)
* Bangkang papel sa dagat ng apoy (1984)
* Machonurin (1983)
* Pedring Taruc (1982)
* Kumander Alibasbas (1981)
* Hoy tukso, layuan mo ako (1980)
* Okey lang basta't kapiling kita (1979)
* Mamang Sorbetero (1979)
* Warrant of Arrest (1979)
* Magkaaway (1978)
* Tatak ng Tondo (1978)
* Yakuza Contract (1978)
* Bakya mo Neneng (1977)
* Huwag mong dungisan ang pisngi ng langit (1977)
* Sa dulo ng kris (1977)
* Alas singko ng hapon, gising na ang mga anghel (1976)
* Arrest the Nurse Killer (1976)
* Bago lumamig ang sabaw (1976)
* Hoy mister, ako ang misis mo (1976)
* Battle of the Champions (1975)
* Counter Kill (1975)
* Diligin mo ng hamog ang uhaw na lupa (1975)
* Dugo at pag-ibig sa kapirasong lupa (1975)
* Hit and Run (1975)
* Huwag mo akong paandaran (1975)
* Ang Nobya kong sexy (1975)
* King Khayam and I (1974)
* Manila Connection (1974)
* Ransom (1974)
* Tama na, Erap (1974)
* Ang Agila at ang araw (1973)
* Dragnet (1973)
* Erap Is My Guy (1973)
* Okey ka, Erap (1973)
* Panic (1973)
* Blood Compact (1972)
* Kill the Pushers (1972)
* Magiting at pusakal (1972)
* Tatay na si Erap (1972)
* Apat na patak ng dugo ni Adan (1971)
* Digmaan ng mga angkan (1971)
* Valentin Walis (1971)
* Boss Areglado (1970)
* Padre pugante (1970)
* Sebastian (1970)
* Simon bastardo (1970)
* Alamat ng pitong kilabot (1969)
* Anim ang dapat patayin (1969)
* Aragon Brothers (1969)
* Capitan Pepe (1969)
* Ang Ninong kong Nazareno (1969)
* Patria adorada (1969)
* Sagupaan (1969)
* Abdul Tapang (1968)
* Azero Brothers (1968)
* Cuadro de Jack (1968)
* De colores (1968)
* Diegong Daga (1968)
* Dos por dos (1968)
* Galo Gimbal (1968)
* Jakiri Valiente (1968)
* Kid Brother (1968)
* Killer Patrol (1968)
* Quintin Salazar (1968)
* Rancho Diablo (1968)
* Suntok o karate (1968)
* Tatak: Double Cross (1968)
* Tatlong hari (1968)
* Valiente Brothers (1968)
* Alex Big Shot (1967)
* Angkan ng haragan (1967)
* Boy Aguila (1967)
* Ako'y magbabalik (1966)
* Badong Baldado (1966)
* Bantay salakay (1966)
* Batang Iwahig (1966)
* Bodyguard (1966)
* Dodong Tricycle (1966)
* Ito ang Pilipino (1966)
* John Doe (1966)
* Soliman Brothers (1966)
* Stowaway (1966)
* Totoy Bingi (1966)
* Batang angustia (1965)
* Big Boss (1965)
* Buhay sa buhay (1965)
* Deadly Pinoy (1965)
* Hahamakin ang lahat (1965)
* Hamon sa bandila (1965)
* Jose Nazareno, ang taxi driver (1965)
* Labanang lalake (1965)
* Maskulado (1965)
* Paalam sa kahapon (1965)
* Pepeng Pingas, ang batang San Nicolas (1965)
* Sa kamay ng mga kilabot (1965)
* Salonga Brothers (1965)
* Sapang palay (1965)
* Valentin Galit (1965)
* Garuda, Flight to Fury (1964)
* Ako ang papatay (1964)
* Berdugo ng mga maton (1964)
* Cordillera (1964)
* Mga Daliring ginto (1964)
* Deadly Brothers (1964)
* Encuentro (1964/II)
* Geron Busabos, ang batang Quiapo (1964)
* Pambato (1964)
* Panginoon ng pantalan (1964)
* Siyam na buhay ni Martin Pusa (1964)
* Takot mabuhay, takot mamatay (1964)
* Vendetta Brothers (1964)
* Barilan sa Pugad Lawin (1963)
* Basagulero (1963)
* Ginoong itim (1963)
* Istambay (1963)
* Ito ang Maynila (1963)
* Kilabot sa Daang Bakal (1963)
* Kung hindi ka susuko (1963)
* Los Paliqueros (1963)
* Patapon (1963)
* Pulong diablo (1963)
* Sugapa (1963)
* Talahib (1963)
* Tres kantos (1963)
* Via Europa (1963)
* Asiong Meets Alembong (1962)
* Digmaan ng mga maton (1962)
* Hari ng mga maton (1962)
* Kapit sa patalim (1962)
* Markang rehas (1962)
* Tondo Boy (1962)
* Asiong Salonga (1961)
* Baril sa baril (1961)
* Moises Padilla Story (1961)
* Nag-uumpugang bato (1961)
* Pantalan ng Trece (1961)
* Sa baril mag-uusap (1961)
* Cuatro cantos (1960)
* True Confessions (1960)
* Sumpa at pangako (1959)
* Batas ng puso (1958)
* Mga Liham kay Tiya Dely (1958)
* Lo Waist Gang (1958)
* Matandang tinale (1958)
* Kandilang bakal (1957)
* Sampung libong pisong pag-ibig (1957)
* Kandelerong pilak (1954)

Political career

San Juan MAyor- 1969-1986

Estrada ran for mayor of San Juan, a municipality of Metro Manila, in 1968 and ended up losing the contest. He was only proclaimed mayor in 1969, after winning an electoral protest against Dr. Braulio Sto. Domingo.

Senator- 1987-1992
When Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency in 1986, all officials of the local government suspected of malfeasance and anomalies were removed and replaced by appointed officers-in-charge. Estrada was then removed from his position as mayor. The following year, he ran and won a seat in the Senate under his own party, Partido ng Masang Pilipino.

Vice-President of the Philippines

In 1987, he became a senator and, five years later, vice-president.

President of the Philippines=30-Jun-1998 to 20-Jan-2001

In 1998, he was mainly responsible for carrying a unified opposition party (LAMP) to victory with the support of movie celebrities like Fernando Poe Jr. and Nora Aunor and the trust and loyalty of then Supt. Panfilo Lacson, whom he later appointed as the police chief.

On May 11, 1998, Joseph ("Erap") Estrada, a former star of B movies, was elected president of the Philippines. Despite lacking the support of outgoing president Fidel Ramos, the country's business community, and the influential Roman Catholic Church, Estrada captured nearly 40% of the vote, handily defeating his nearest rival, House Speaker José de Venecia, who garnered only 15.9%. The margin of victory was the largest in a free election in the history of the Philippines. He was officially declared president by Congress on May 29.

President Joseph Estrada assumed the presidency on July 1, 1998 with a promise to improve the lives of the poor Filipinos.

Enjoying an entertainment-based popularity and a chauvinistic charisma, Estrada easily won the 1998 presidential elections over traditional politicians and became the 13th president. While his English did not come in handy, the former movie actor always had candid Filipino rebuttals to every criticism by his political rivals.

"Huwag ninyo akong subukan!" and "Walang kai-kaibigan!" were just among his quotable phrases, which received the cheers of the Filipino masses. When he organized his government and began business with the old Marcos cronies, it became apparent that he meant the opposite.

The Estrada administration saw the meteoric rise to power of Lucio Tan and Danding Cojuangco, arguably the richest men in the country today. Tan won his P25-billion tax evasion case against the government, wrested control of the Philippine Airlines, and acquired the Philippine National Bank (PNB). Cojuangco, on the other hand, obtained the majority share in San Miguel Corporation, the country's richest company.

As president, Estrada blamed the Ramos administration for the weak economy he inherited. So, he tapped the expertise and managerial skills of experienced economists to pump up the economy, but to no avail. Businessmen and foreign investors began to lose their trust in the new administration, with the entry of the president's friends, mostly big Chinese tycoons.

The Fall of Estrada

The problems of the Estrada administration reached a crescendo in 2000. Bugged by the intensifying insurgency in Mindanao and a series of natural and man-made calamities nationwide, the new administration poorly restored hope of a bright future. Then came the BW Resources anomaly, which Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Perfecto Yasay blamed on the president.

In October, Ilocos Sur Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson, a former friend and close ally of the president, exposed that the president received about P500 million from jueteng kickbacks and excise tax from the Ilocos region. Corruption charges against the president ensued which spawned the dramatic passage of the Articles of Impeachment by the House of Representatives led by Speaker Manuel Villar on November 13.

The Senate then convened itself as an Impeachment tribunal and began the process on December 7. The House prosecutors presented more than 30 witnesses, mostly women, who testified that the president was involved in several irregular transactions. One witness, Clarissa Ocampo, a senior vice-president of Equitable-PCI Bank, claimed he saw the president affix a different signature, Jose Velarde, on a multi-million Peso bank transaction.

The defense panel, composed of the brightest lawyers in the country, and the majority party senator-judges, questioned the materiality and relevance of Ocampo's testimony. Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide ruled that Ocampo's testimony would only be considered if the prosecution panel could prove that the multi-million bank account came from irregular transactions.

On January 16, the House prosecutors were about to establish the missing link by opening an envelope, which they claimed would prove that the president had amassed P3.3 billion in ill-gotten wealth, when 11 senator-judges voted not to open the envelope. This prodded Senate President Aquilino Pimentel to resign, the House prosecutors and complainants to walk out, and the viewing public to storm to the historic intersection of EDSA and Ortigas in Mandaluyong City - the start of the 5-day People Power 2 at EDSA, that would force President Joseph Estrada to leave office.

Former Presidents Fidel Ramos and Corazon Aquino, Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, students, office workers, activists, lay people, laborers, politicians and celebrities joined the furious crowd in asking for the resignation of the president. On January 18, Nora Aunor stunned everyone when she joined the rally, publicly admitting her previous relationship with the president, and called him a woman-beater. The following day, Defense Secretary Orlando Mercado, Interior and Local Government Secretary Alfredo Lim, the military generals, and the police officers withdrew their support from the president, as foretold by former President Ramos.

In the morning of January 19, the president was guided out of Malacanang by Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Angelo Reyes to give way to a new president, a woman. Vice-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took his oath as the 14th president before Chief Justice Davide at noontime. She formally began her term in office on January 22, the same day the new US President George Bush was inaugurated at the White House.

At present, Estrada is back to the arms of his legitimate wife. One of his mistresses, Laarni Enriquez, flew to Hong Kong during the heat of the Impeachment trial. His friends like Lacson, Charlie Ang, Jaime Dichaves, and Nora Aunor also abandoned him. Much worse, one of his alleged illegitimate daughters, Josephine Rose Ejercito, said his father deserved what he got.

The Arroyo administration is preparing criminal charges against Estrada. The president said he was ready to face the music and prove his innocence. Ironically, he claimed that the controversial second envelope, which triggered the People Power 2, should have been opened in the first place.

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