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Monday, April 18, 2011

Erap gives food packs to Payatas folk on eve of 74th bday


On the eve of his 74th birthday, former President Joseph Estrada distributed food packs to residents of a depressed area in Quezon City Monday.

Estrada went to the Payatas area in Quezon City to spread cheer to residents there, radio dzBB's Allan Gatus reported.

He was also expected to make the rounds of other depressed areas and an orphanage in Metro Manila within the day, the report added.

The former president remains popular with the poor, having made fighting for the masses his political slogan.

He was elected senator in 1987 and subsequently, won the vice presidential race in the 1992 elections.

In 1998, he ran for the presidency and won based on his promise to uplift the lives of the poor, but was ousted in early 2001 on charges of corruption. He was the first Philippine president to be impeached, although the impeachment trial at the Senate was never completed.

He was convicted of plunder in 2007 but was granted full pardon by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who as vice president was catapulted to power when Estrada was ousted in 2001.

Estrada ran again in the May 2010 presidential elections, placing second to then Senator Benigno Aquino III. — RSJ, GMA News


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