For Estrada, 2010 fight not over yet
Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Cigarette in one hand, Joseph “Erap” Estrada grinned when the TV screen the size of a billiards table broke the news on Monday night that Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was leading the presidential race.
Supporters around him in his Polk Street home in San Juan City, including his daughter Jerika Larize, looked uneasy but to the 73-year-old man gazing at the huge screen in front of him, the race was far from over.
Groans rose from those around him in the expansive living room each time numbers were announced that showed Aquino had increased his lead.
Believe it or not: Bangit believable
MANILA, Philippines—Look who’s laughing now.
After being hounded by suspicions and accusations that he was part of a plot to bring about a failure of elections, Gen. Delfin Bangit, the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Tuesday triumphantly saluted his troops for the successful conduct of the country’s first automated balloting on May 10.
Even Bangit’s rumored bitter rival, Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa, said the success of the elections was a vindication of sorts for Bangit, who is known to be a favorite of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
On the other hand, Ms Arroyo had reportedly tried to replace Verzosa who had been vocally against supporting any military exercise to back alleged moves to extend the President’s term.