Mayor Erap Estrada, dumating na sa Hong Kong para sa formal apology sa kaanak ng Manila Hostage crisis

admin   •   April 23, 2014   •   2336

FILE PHOTOS: Manila Mayor Erap Estrada and Manila Hostage Crisis (UNTV News)

Dumating na sa Hong Kong si Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada at mga kinatawan ng national government upang personal na humingi ng tawad sa kaanak ng mga biktima ng 2010 Bus Hostage tragedy.

Inaasahang makikipagpulong si Estrada sa kinatawan ng Hong Kong government at ilan sa mga pamilya ng mga nasawing hostage.

Bukod sa paghingi ng tawad, sinabi pa ni Erap na may alok din silang kompensasyon para sa mga biktima.

Matagal ng hinihingi ng Hongkong ang formal apology para sa walong Chinese tourist na nasawi sa madugong hostage taking incident.

Bilang sanction ng Hong Kong sa Pilipinas inalis nito ang visa-free access ng mga official at diplomatic passport holder sa bansa. (UNTV News)

 

Estrada concedes, asks supporters to rally behind Isko Moreno

Robie de Guzman   •   May 15, 2019

Outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada | Courtesy : PVI-PRESS / Daniel Iglesias mylensitivity

MANILA, Philippines – Outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has conceded his defeat to newly-elected mayor Franscisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

In a statement released late Tuesday, Estrada congratulated Domagoso on his win and promised to prepare for a smooth transition of government.

“The people of Manila have spoken. The new leadership of the city will be coming in and I will prepare the smooth turnover of the city government,” he said.

“I congratulate the new mayor and I wish him all the best for the good of the people of Manila,” he added.

Estrada lost to Domagoso by a wide margin in the Manila mayoral race. He received 210,605 votes against Domagoso’s 357,925, based on votes from 100 percent of election returns from clustered precincts.

He also expressed gratitude to those who helped and stood by him throughout the 50 years of his political career.

“By June 30, my 50 years in politics and public service will come to an end with sterling colors of honesty and genuine concerns for the poor,” he said in a statement.

“I wish to thank all those who stood by me for the last 5 decades of my political life,” he added.

Estrada joined the political arena in 1969 while he was still a popular film actor. He ran and won as mayor of San Juan City and was succeeded by his sons Jinggoy and John Victor “JV” Ejercito, followed by JV’s mother, Guia Gomez, when he sought national positions. He first ran as senator in 1987, then vice president in 1992, and finally president in 1998.

He was ousted in 2001 over corruption charges and convicted of plunder in 2007. He was later pardoned and returned to politics to become Manila mayor in 2013.

But his years of foray in politics suddenly came to an end after his defeat against Moreno. The Estrada-Ejercito clan’s 50-year reign in San Juan was also cut off after his granddaughter, Janella, failed in her mayoral bid against former vice mayor Francis Zamora.

READ: End of an era? Estrada-Ejercito clan suffers crushing defeat in 2019 polls

Estrada also called on his supporters to rally behind the mayor-elect for the betterment of the city.

“I am calling all my supporters to rally behind the new leadership of the city,” he said.

“Hangad natin ang katagumpayan ng bagong liderato para sa kabutihan ng nakararami (We hope for the success of the new leadership for the welfare of the majority ,” he added.

He also said that he will leave the new leader with a city with no debt because he was able to clear it during his term.

“Taas-noo tayong lalabas ng city hall dahil nabayaran natin ang lahat ng pagkakautang na P4.4B na aking dinatnan noong 2013,” he said

(I will leave the city hall with head held high because we were able to pay the P4.4 billion debt that I inherited in 2013.)

“Dinatnan ko ang lungsod na bangkarote. Sa pagtatapos ng aking termino, iiwanan ko ang lungsod na may P14 bilyong pondo bunga ng masinop na pamamahala at maingat na paggasta sa perang pag-aari ng mga mamamayan,” he said.

(I inherited a bankrupt city. As my term comes to an end, I will leave a city with P14 billion fund due to good governance and careful spending of the people’s money)

He did not say whether he will retire once his term ends or plans to make a political comeback. He just said that “there’s always life after politics.”  

Duterte apologizes to HK for 2010 Manila hostage crisis

admin   •   April 13, 2018

 

In his Hong Kong visit, President Duterte apologizes for 2010 Manila hostage crisis where eight Hong Kong tourists were killed.

President Rodrigo Duterte took Hong Kong by surprise when he made a public apology Thursday for the 2010 bus hostage incident in Manila that killed eight Hong Kong nationals.

The outspoken president addressed his apology to the Chinese government and its people saying, “There has been no official apology coming from the Filipinos regarding what happened,” impliedly referring to his predecessor’s refusal to accept the blame over the tragedy.

“May I address myself to the Chinese people all here, all with us, all joined us. From the bottom of my heart, as the President of the Republic of the Philippines and on behalf of the people of the Philippines, may I apologize formally to you now. I am sorry that the incident happened. And as humanly possible, I would like to make this guarantee also that it will never, never happen again,” the firebrand leader expressed.

His gesture drew an overwhelming applause from the 2,500-strong Filipino community at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.

In August 2010, a relieved police officer hijacked a bus carrying 15 Hong Kong tourists and manipulated the driver with a gunpoint. Eight Hong Kong tourists died in the incident while the gunman was also killed in a botched police rescue operation.

The incident strained Manila’s relations with Hong Kong. The Aquino administration’s steadfast refusal to concede to Hong Kong’s demand for apology set off a diplomatic row that prompted Hong Kong to cancel the 14-day visa-free privilege for official and diplomatic Filipino passport holders. — Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

Petisyon para sa disqualification ni Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, hindi kinatigan ng Korte Suprema

admin   •   January 21, 2015

FILE PHOTO: Manila Mayor and former President Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Sa botong 11-3, idinismiss ng Korte Suprema ang dalawang petisyong humihiling na madiskwalipika si dating presidente Joseph “Erap” Estrada bilang mayor ng Maynila.

Pinagtibay rin ng SC ang naunang desisyon ng Commission on Elections o COMELEC na payagang kumandidato si Estrada bilang alkalde ng lungsod ng Maynila noong May 2013 elections.

Hindi kinatigan ng Supreme Court en banc ang consolidated petitions nina dating Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim at abogado nitong si Atty. Alicia Risos-Vidal.

Kabilang sa tatlong mahistrado na bumoto sa disqualification ni Estrada ay sina Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio at Associate Justice Marvic Leonen.

Una nang nag-inhibit sa kaso si Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza.

“Main issue is the characterization of pardon extended by former PGMA to Erap after the latter’s conviction for plunder. Majority characterized the pardon as an absolute pardon, thereby restoring Erap’s qualifications to stand as candidate for mayor. Likewise, the majority considered Erap’s acceptance of the acts of pardon as having removed the disqualification,” pahayag ni Atty. Te.

Giit ng petitioners, hindi na maaaring tumakbo pa sa anumang posisyon sa pamahalaan si Estrada dahil na-convict ito sa kasong plunder noong 2007.

Hindi rin aniya mabubura ng executive pardon na ibinigay ni dating pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sa alkalde para siya madiskuwalipika bilang mayor ng Maynila.

Sagot naman ng kampo ni Estrada, absolute ang naturang executive pardon at ito ang nagpabalik sa kanyang civil at political rights.

Katulad ng alkalde, ikinatuwa rin ng mga anak ng dating pangulo ang pagkaka-dismiss sa disqualification case ng kanilang ama.

Nagdiwang naman ang staff ni Estrada sa Manila City Hall matapos mabalitaan ang desisyon ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman.

“Hindi nagkamali ng pasya yung mga judges na dapat naman talagang ipagpatuloy ni mayor yung paglilingkod nya sa atin,” saad ni Cristine Gumaru, isa sa mga empleyado ng Manila City Hall.

Ayon naman kay Gerald Pangilinan, “Syempre, masaya po kami dahil nanalo yung bosing naming Mayor Erap natin.”

“Noon pa man siya na talaga ang binoto ng mga tao eh sa eleksyon eh kitang kita naman sa mga tao,” pahayag naman ni June Monesit, isa rin sa mga empleyado sa Manila City Hall.

Iginagalang naman ng Malakanyang ang naging desisyon ng Korte Suprema.

“The Supreme Court has spoken on the disqualification case against Mayor Joseph Estrada, let us note that this is a local government issue so we do not have comment on the matter. Now, I understand that most you are very curious with respect to the impact this decision may have as far as that we will leave it to the political analysts,” pahayag ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

Sa nakalipas na 2013 midterm elections, nanalo si Estrada kontra kay Lim sa botong 343,993 – 308,544.

Bago pa ang desisyon ng SC ngayong araw, una na ring idinismiss ng Manila Regional Trial Court, Sandiganbayan at COMELEC ang tatlong disqualification cases na inihain nina Lim at Vidal laban sa dating pangulo.

Samantala, sinabi ni Supreme Court Public Information Chief Atty. Theodore Te na maaari pa ring maghain ng motion for reconsideration ang mga petitioner sa naging desisyon ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman. (Bianca Dava / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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