Erap vs Sandiganbayan

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Erap vs Sandiganbayan

By | Feb. 2013
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Republic of the Philippines
SUPREME COURT
Manila
EN BANC
  
  
 
JOSEPH E. ESTRADA,
                       Petitioner,
G. R. Nos. 146710-15
March 2, 2001
                            -versus-   
ANIANO DESIERTO, in his capacity as Ombudsman,
RAMON GONZALES, VOLUNTEERS AGAINST CRIME AND CORRUPTION,
GRAFT FREE PHILIPPINES FOUNDATION, INC., LEONARD DE VERA,
DENNIS FUNA, ROMEO CAPULONG and ERNESTO B. FRANCISCO, JR.,
                                                                                                                  Respondents.  x------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------x    

 JOSEPH E. ESTRADA, 
                       Petitioner,
G. R. No. 146738
March 2, 2001
                            -versus-   
GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO,
                                       Respondent.  
D E C I S I O N
 
PUNO, J.:
 
    On the line in the cases at bar is the office of the President.  Petitioner Joseph Ejercito Estrada alleges that he is the President on leave while respondent Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo claims she is the President.  The warring personalities are important enough but more transcendental are the constitutional issues embedded on the parties’ dispute. While the significant issues are many, the jugular issue involves the relationship between the ruler and the ruled in a democracy, Philippine style.   

    First, we take a view of the panorama of events that precipitated the crisis in the office of the President.   
    In the May 11, 1998 elections, petitioner Joseph Ejercito Estrada was elected President while respondent Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was elected Vice-President. Some ten (10) million Filipinos voted for the petitioner believing he would rescue them from life’s adversity.  Both petitioner and the respondent were to serve a six-year term commencing on June 30, 1998.   

    From the beginning of his term, however, petitioner was plagued by a...