Erap All Over Again

Philippines
October 23, 2009 1:10am CST
Yesterday Joseph "Erap" Etsrada announced his candidacy for president of the Philippines. He has made his announcement in one of the poor communities in Manila, Tondo. I am not too thrilled over his announcement, I have lost my business during his presidency when the dollar kept rising against the peso. It was the time where cell phones were being introduced and it was a joke then that whatever model would be out, that would be the currency equivalent of the peso to the dollar. I was worried sick and became depressed after my business closed because I lost all the money we had earned and was deep in debt. He keeps saying that he is pro-poor. I see nothing of him being pro-poor. In fact he is enjoying lavish lifestyles even while he was in prison. I only hope that the Filipino voting public will be wise to choose who to vote come elections next year. What about you? If ever Erap wins again as president, do you think our country will be okay?
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@BART78 (2932)
• Canada
23 Oct 09
yap it's all over the newspaper, malacanang is planning to file law suits again, if erap will be president again...chavit and erap will be best friend again..
@kareendj (254)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Malacanang planning to file lawsuits? Not that I want Erap to be president again but would there be a case against him? I don't think its illegal for him to run again since he didn't really finish his term. It's like Gloria. She was eligible to run for president again last election because didn't really run for president, she was given the title after erap was impeached. Nevertheless, eligible or not, KAPAL NI ERAP!!!
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Thank you for your response. I don't think Malacanang can intimidate him from not running for president again. @Karen, welcome to mylot! Please look at the rules before posting, as much as we want or like we are not allowed to respond in our native language. Happy mylotting to you!
@kareendj (254)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
@anne25penn: Haha! Guess i didn't read it that thoroughly. Thanks for the reminder!!! :)
@posham (1237)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
If he wins, if we let him, then we Filipinos deserve to rot in hell.
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
do you have any particular choice yet. we are already rotten here in nueva ecija
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Thank you for your response. I have no candidate yet. I don't know if I will vote. I cannot see any candidate who can help us. Not yet.
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
well, maybe in a couple of months, you'll see the real agenda of those who are running, and maybe then you can choose from them. It's so sad, that even if there are a lot of them running for presidency, we still can't really find the right one to put in place.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I saw his announce in the news the other day... and as much as i like Erap as an actor... i don't think he should run again as President... i feel that he is only doing this to prove something to himself and to the current administration... and especially to those responsible for his ouster... But then... i also do not think he will win... since there are a lot of Presidential candidates who are as charismatic as him and more deserving... and could serve as president with dignity...
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Hi aseretdd. If my memory serves me right, the same prediction was made when he first ran for president in 1998?1999? It was a shock to everyone that he won the presidency back then, so who knows what will happen next year.
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• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I agree with you anne, who knows what will happen.. he has a great chance that he'll win again. And if that happens, I'm definitely packing my bags and I'll go to another country, what country, well, it really doesn't matter. Though I'll definitely be back when his term ends, whether legally or by the will of the people ( again ).
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
He was the most popular candidate during that election... i don't even remember who ran against him... aside for that... he had a good track record as mayor of San Juan, Senator, and Vice President... that is why a lot of people voted for him... i just do not know what will happen this election... but i am sure he will have to fight candidates as popular as him like Manny Villar and Noynoy Aquino...
@defcon505 (921)
• United States
23 Oct 09
At least he plans to unite the UNO.
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Hi defcon, thank you for your response. I don't think he can unite the UNO. Politics is a very lucrative business and each one has his own personal agenda.
@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I'm not surprise anymore and he going to waste his money for running because they can't win the heart of the masses anymore. No offense to him he is old to run for presidency why he don't let the young politicians to run for the presidency.
@dekada80 (388)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I sympathized with your sad experience under erap administration, I can feel how devastated you during that time, i just hope you already recovered from what was lost from you. Erap may run but I don't think he still has the charisma that made him win on his first run and besides people howsoever learned something when they vote erap, it shows on the current surveys, and besides, there's a lot of candidates out there who already announced their ineterest of running as presidents. These candidates I think is far more qualified of becoming president than him.
• Canada
24 Oct 09
is erap running again?oh my!!so what's gonna happen to my homeland now?hopefully he wont win and hopefully,the country is getting rid of GMA and his administration.
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I don't think Filipinos will benefit from his presidency, assuming that he'll be voted. He's too old to learn/adapt innovative ideas, too weak to make an occular inspection to places that need utmost attention, too greedy to think of his peoples' welfare. Majority of his supporters are from lower class of the society where most did not even finished their secondary education. I believe, educating them of the proper selection would help them understand.
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Thank you for your response. I feel sorry sometimes when I see the poor being taken advantage of by politicians. How many times have we seen on TV these poor folk in the rallies, but they don't even know why they are there.
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
yes i think Mr. Erap has learned his lesson, and i believe he would make up for his shortcomings during his last term. actually there is no another presidentials who claims the slogan Pro-poor, so i have no choice, i am just a poor individual.
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Hello mrfdg. I am also just a poor Filipino. I don't know which is worse, not voting or vote for someone who will do no good for our country .
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
I have heard of this as well and actually Im not surprised and also slightly fearful that he might win again. He does have a chance of winning since his target audience is actually more in terms of population than the educated voting public. I thought that there's this stipulation in lifting his house arrest that he is forbidden to run for presidency again cause if he does, he would be back to house arrest, or something like that? What happened to that stipulation? He does have a loyal rabid fan base around him from his acting days and those do mostly comprise the general voting public. That's one of the reasons why I fully support the registration of the younger batch of generations so as to be able to offset anything that has been established by the candidates in the elder voting generation. Goodluck to us all.
@dens61 (130)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
Yes I saw that in television also. But because I don't vote for the sole reason that I don't think any human can bring about change in the present wicked system of government. Everyone who says that he/she will change and upliftment to the lives of the people once they are voted into office are bound to fail as history has been showing us. Why? These people are almost all the same- they are bound by their own selfish interest and once voted into office, they will try to regain what they have spent in their effort to win in the election. This is a fact- no human gov't. can bring peace, and abundance to the people because the devil is behind their efforts, so they keep on promising heaven, if only they will be voted but come official time, they bring "hell" to their constituents. It is only God's gov't. or kingdom, which we are praying to come, who will bring eternal peace and abundance to earth in his promised "new heavens and a new earth."This I am glad to share with anyone who wants to know how it will come about. Just give me a response thru myLot.
@gelay07 (589)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
I really dunno why ERAP would still consider running for presidency when he was convicted from perjury. He was given pardon by Pres. Arroyo and one of the conditions, ERAP will not run for a higher position in the govt. and yet he defied it. oh well. I dont think ERAP still has the masses on his side because based on the performance while he was the president, the masses would have probably awaken from that. i would like to believe they already did. The supreme court should arrive a better decision for ERAP to be able to realize once and for all, his position in the society. Whatever reasons he decided to run as president, is something i really couldn't decipher. HE should have learned his lesson.
@hexeduser22 (5853)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
Let's just watch the show for now. Many things could happen before the election day. As you can see some of those who proclaimed to run for a position in the 2010 election already backed down.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
If Erap, will win again. I think he is learn from the past that he experience lavish life that makes him down. We ll know that if we made a mistake, we learn from it and try another systems that is really works...I don't blame Erap, because of peso rising in that days because wealthy businessmen was manipulating the market then to make Erap, image not good to the public because they are planning to get down Erap...
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
The good news is that you are not alone. Everyone became poorer after Erap was in office for more than a year only. Only he and his family benefited from his presidency. Even the poor became poorer. I think he has not realized that the reason he was elected was because he had not yet proven his abilities. Most Filipinos (not me though) interpreted his silent vice-presidency and senatorial terms as a sign that he had hidden executive talent. Alas, we had to endure watching him drink and womanize through his presidency before we acted. He does not have his old charisma. If by an unhappy coincidence he does win again, I am out of this country. We deserve him if we elect him again, and I have no intention of suffering through his presidency again. I am willing to go to Timbuktu just so I will not watch the Philippines go under again.
@wahmivy (778)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
OMG. Philippine politics is a situation comedy, except nobody's laughing. What nerve!!! I cannot, CANNOT fathom what kind of thinking this person has. Have the booze and overall decadent lifestyle melted his brain completely? He's incompetent! Did you know that Walmart was supposed to invest in the Philippines, but Erap was several hours late for that meeting (word is that he had been with his other cabinet, drinking as usual) so the Walmart people just ditched the Philippines (not that I'm pro-Walmart or something, but that could have been a good thing for the Philippine economy). I was among the first ones to gather at EDSA calling for his ouster. Will those days and nights spent there come to naught? I thought we were finally rid of a #@^&* for president. Him winning would be like a recurring nightmare. Aaargh!
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Oct 09
My opinion here is that, Erap was elected president, though he never finished his term because of the revolt. Re-election is to get into another elections, after winning in a previous election. So if Erap will run again, then he will seek for another, to be re-elected, not allowed in the Constitution. And one thing, he is considered ex-convict for being sentenced by the court for plunder, and just given pardon by GMA. It's a No-No for me with Erap.
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Erap's announcement to run for president is all over the news. All I can say is that we should be wise enough to choose and vote for our next leader. We should learn from past mistakes.Is it even legal for him to run again? There are many questions surrounding his announcement.And if ever he wins,(which I hope and pray does not happen),the Philippines will never rise again..so sad..=(
@kafueenu (1073)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
If Erap wins, this will prove that Filipinos really don't know how to vote for the right person. He has been proven guilty without a doubt, that is why he was convicted, I would not be stupid enough to vote for a person who has not done a good job before and trying to earn the position again! It can be compared to a security guard who was caught stealing from where he works, he got convicted then pardoned, and once again tries to get back his job, would the employer be stupid enough to hire that guard again? See?
@hotsummer (10444)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
i wonder why he still plan to run since he does not stand a chance to win against a stronger candidate. i think he better save his money to help the poor than to waste his money for his candidacy.
@rommula (10)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
He should not be running anymore, but all of us learn on our mistake, maybe he can do better now..
@maean_19 (4662)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I am not actually surprised with Erap's plan to run again. I may not be responsive to your discussion, rather I want to speak my opinion based on our law. I think, he will not win and become a President again. One, he is disqualified to run as President again. Two, people no longer have confidence to him even those poor he is trying to win back. It is very clear in the Constitution that a president is not qualified for any reelection without any distinction of whether his term was interrupted or not. More so, he will violate the conditional pardon granted to him. It may be true that the conditional pardon gave him the right to restore his civil and political rights, but the political right refers only to his right to vote, it does not carry with it the right to be voted for. To run to an elective position is not a right. It is a privilege to those who are qualified in accordance to the Constitution. If he will formally file his candidacy, I would consider him a nuisance candidate. He is causing confusion to the electorate.