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                    [Title] => DOJ opposes award rites for Estrada
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The awarding ceremony that will be held next week in honor of former President Joseph Estrada might turn out to be a political activity or rally complete with photo opportunities to endorse candidates of the Genuine Opposition (GO), government lawyers said yesterday.


During a hearing before the Sandiganbayan, Chief Special Prosecutor Dennis Villa Ignacio said he "seriously opposed" allowing Estrada to attend the ceremony on March 27 and that a "proxy" be sent instead to receive the award.
[DatePublished] => 2007-03-25 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => 1735838 [AuthorName] => Sandy Araneta [SectionName] => Metro [SectionUrl] => metro [URL] => ) [1] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 313408 [Title] => Sandigan rejects Erap’s plea for longer Christmas furlough [Summary] => The Sandiganbayan thumbed down yesterday the request of deposed President Joseph Estrada to extend the 24-hour Christmas and New Year passes granted him in order to allow him to visit his ailing 100-year-old mother Mary Marcelo-Ejercito in San Juan.

Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Francisco Villaruz and Rodolfo Ponferrada of the anti-graft court’s special division trying Estrada for the capital offense of plunder said there was no valid reason to extend the furlough.
[DatePublished] => 2005-12-23 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => 1096652 [AuthorName] => Delon Porcalla [SectionName] => Headlines [SectionUrl] => headlines [URL] => ) [2] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 313276 [Title] => Erap seeks longer furlough [Summary] => Detained President Joseph Estrada asked the Sandiganbayan yesterday to extend the separate 24-hour Christmas and New Year special passes the court granted him to visit his ailing 100-year-old mother.

Estrada argued his family needed the time to reunite for the holidays.

Former senator Rene Saguisag, lead counsel of Estrada, requested the justices of the special division to grant an extension of 14 more hours in order to visit his mother, Mary Marcelo-Ejercito, who remains confined at the San Juan Medical Center.
[DatePublished] => 2005-12-22 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => [AuthorName] => [SectionName] => Headlines [SectionUrl] => headlines [URL] => ) [3] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 293796 [Title] => Chavit threatens to withdraw support from GMA if Erap freed [Summary] => Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson — the man whose testimony triggered the ouster of President Joseph Estrada — has threatened to withdraw his support of President Arroyo if the Sandiganbayan releases Estrada on bail or recognizance.

"Iiwanan namin si GMA. Pupunta kami lahat sa oposisyon. Hindi tama na bigyan ng bail si Erap (We will all leave GMA. We will join the opposition. Erap should not be granted bail)," an angry Singson told The STAR yesterday.
[DatePublished] => 2005-08-28 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => 1096652 [AuthorName] => Delon Porcalla [SectionName] => Headlines [SectionUrl] => headlines [URL] => ) [4] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 292133 [Title] => Erap witness escapes contempt [Summary] => A retired police general who testified for the defense in deposed President Joseph Estrada’s corruption trial apologized to the court yesterday after being threatened with contempt for shouting at one of the magistrates.

"We will accept your apology at this time but we will remind you that every witness is required to give respect to the court," Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro told former chief superintendent Renato Paredes, who once headed the Philippine National Police’s Traffic Management Group.
[DatePublished] => 2005-08-18 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => 1096652 [AuthorName] => Delon Porcalla [SectionName] => Headlines [SectionUrl] => headlines [URL] => ) [5] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 291470 [Title] => ‘Erap lawyers bothered by Clarissa testimony’ [Summary] => Deposed President Joseph Estrada wants to strike the testimony of prosecution star witness Clarissa Ocampo, a senior bank officer who had claimed that Estrada kept a secret bank account believed to used for money laundering, according to Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo.

Estrada is probably "bothered" that the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court might give weight to Ocampo’s testimony that he is also Jose Velarde, an alias Estrada allegedly used while keeping the bank account, Marcelo said.
[DatePublished] => 2005-08-14 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => 1096652 [AuthorName] => Delon Porcalla [SectionName] => Headlines [SectionUrl] => headlines [URL] => ) [6] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 290638 [Title] => Lawyers to insist SC biased vs Estrada [Summary] => The lawyers of detained former President Joseph Estrada yesterday said they would present evidence to the Sandiganbayan to support their argument that the Supreme Court was biased against Estrada.

According to Estrada’s lawyers, this bias on the part of the highest court in the land resulted in his "premature loss of immunity" in 2001.
[DatePublished] => 2005-08-09 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => [AuthorName] => [SectionName] => Headlines [SectionUrl] => headlines [URL] => ) [7] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 289465 [Title] => Erap may take witness stand [Summary] => Deposed President Joseph Estrada will personally defend his request for bail and will soon be called to take the witness stand in his own trial on plunder and perjury charges, his lawyers said yesterday.

Lead defense counsel Rene Saguisag said they would most probably call their 68-year-old client to the witness stand in "September," where he will justify his request for bail before the Sandiganbayan.
[DatePublished] => 2005-08-02 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => 1096652 [AuthorName] => Delon Porcalla [SectionName] => Headlines [SectionUrl] => headlines [URL] => ) [8] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 288600 [Title] => Erap asks Sandigan to grant him bail [Summary] => After spending more than four years in detention, former President Joseph Estrada asked the Sandiganbayan yesterday to allow him to post bail.

Defense lawyers assured the anti-graft court that Estrada, who is accused of plunder and other corruption charges, is not a flight risk and needs to be given temporary freedom so he can prepare his defense before taking the witness stand.
[DatePublished] => 2005-07-28 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => 1096652 [AuthorName] => Delon Porcalla [SectionName] => Headlines [SectionUrl] => headlines [URL] => ) [9] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 287475 [Title] => RP working to extradite wife of tax scam suspect in Canada [Summary] => The government has started coordinating with Canadian authorities for the immediate extradition of the wife of the main suspect in a multibillion-peso tax credit scam.

Chief Special Prosecutor Dennis Villa Ignacio made representations with Canada seeking the assistance of Ambassador Peter Henry Sutherland to locate Gloria Chingkoe, wife of tax scam prime suspect Faustino Chingkoe, who reportedly transferred his family’s assets to Vancouver.
[DatePublished] => 2005-07-21 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => 1096652 [AuthorName] => Delon Porcalla [SectionName] => Headlines [SectionUrl] => headlines [URL] => ) ) )
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