MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Jinggoy Estrada said the Supreme Court’s (SC) dismissal of the disqualification case against his father, Manila Mayor and former President Joseph Estrada, is a triumph of the will of the Filipinos masses.
“The decision of the Supreme Court is a triumph of the will of the Filipino masses especially the electorate of the City of Manila to choose their rightful leader,” the younger Estrada said in a statement.
He said the petition was filed against his father by a losing opponent “to derail his plans of transforming Manila into a dynamic and progressive metropolis, which my father is now doing.”
He said the high court’s decision should now put to rest all questions and uncertainties over the pardon given to his father by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as well as his eligibility to run for public office.
“And now that this issue has been settled, let us focus on helping the local government of Manila led by President Mayor Estrada to succeed in the next 18 months in restoring the glory and grandeur of our beloved capital city which were lost due to years of mismanagement and negligence,” he said.
Voting 11-3, the SC dismissed Wednesday the disqualification case against Estrada.
The high court upheld the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that junked the petition of lawyer Alicia Risos-Vidal, who said Estrada’s conviction for plunder effectively disqualified him to run for and hold a public office.
Estrada has maintained that the pardon he received from Arroyo fully restored his civil and political rights.
Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, meanwhile, said the court’s ruling is a vindication for Estrada.
“Kami po, sampu ng mga kasama ko sa konseho ay lubos na nagagalak sa naging desisyon ng ating korte suprema. Muli pong nanaig at pinakinggan ang mandato ng mga Manilenyo at hindi ginawang usaping teknikal o legal lamang,” he said.
“Ito ay bindikasyon kay Pangulong-Mayor Erap na inihalal sa isang malinis at parehas na halalalan,” he added.
Moreno said they are now ready to move on and “look forward for a better tomorrow for the greatest number of Manilenyos.” (MNS)