"Let the people decide who will be the next president," said the resolution released by the poll body’s Second Division, junking the petition filed against Estrada by lawyers Oliver Lozano, Evillo Pormento, and Elly Pamatong last December.The controversy has been brewing ever since President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo pardoned Erap after his overthrow in 2001 and a plunder conviction, in which what figured most prominently was the resolution therein restoring all his civil and political rights.
It has been suggested that PGMA has allowed Erap to get this far in order to splinter the opposition (as if they needed help doing that!) and possibly derail the candidacy of NOYNOY AQUINO whilst secretly supporting MANNY VILLAR.
Personally I think she's thinking farther than 2010, when she will indubitably lose the reins of power, no matter who wins. I think she is already looking with moist eyes at 2016, when she will be a young 67 or 68 years old, and may now be just as eligible to seek re-election to the Presidency as Erap.
Although Joseph "Erap" Estrada has lagged third in the polls behind Aquino and Villar, no one should count him out! His mass base is largely intact and with a still fragmented field he can still become a decisive factor in case the race gels into a two man race.