He ordered a wide-ranging investigation of all government contracts entered into by the previous administration to ensure these were above-board and directly advantageous to the citizenry.He ordered the investigation of suspected big-time tax evaders even if some of these individuals had contributed to his presidential campaign.The minor charge of perjury is for Estrada under-reporting his assets in his 1999 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth and for the illegal use of an alias, namely for the Jose Velarde bank account. Joseph Ejercito Estrada et al.; see Victor Tan Uy v. Estelito Mendoza, and composed of former Supreme Court justices and other celebrated Philippine lawyers based their defense on the following points: President Estrada recalls the Arroyos plotting with the civil society and the military in January 2000, to take over a year later; The House of Representatives impeaching him without debate and voting; The Senate blue-ribbon committee not hearing him out; The Impeachment Court not citing for contempt the losers in a democratic debate and voting; and the Supreme Court conniving with the elite to swear in then-Vice-President Gloria Arroyo at noon of January 20, 2001, -(Manila Times, September 30, 2007) 1. a) the legal possibility of removing a sitting president is by impeachment.Estrada's son, Jinggoy Estrada, an incumbent senator, and Edward Serapio, his personal lawyer were his co-accused. One complaint was docketed as OMB-0-00-1756 (Romeo T. Paguia, one of Estrada's lawyers, argues former President Estrada was not convicted and removed by the Senate acting as an Impeachment Court, therefore it is unconstitutional to subject him to the jurisdiction of the Sandiganbayan.The Presidency of Joseph Ejercito Estrada, also known as the Estrada Administration in the Philippines spanned for 31 months from June 30, 1998 to January 20, 2001.Estrada reached the pinnacle of his political career when he was elected President of the Republic in the May 11, 1998 national elections.
Committed to cleaning the bureaucracy of undesirable elements, he ordered the immediate relief of corrupt officials in the military and police hierarchy.
After a lengthy trial, the Sandiganbayan ruled Estrada not guilty of perjury while ruling him as guilty of plunder and sentenced him to reclusión perpetua. A few months after the January 2001 popular uprising that ousted Estrada, the Philippine Ombudsman filed two charges at the Sandiganbayan on April 4, 2001; one for plunder and the other for perjury. Finding probable cause, the complaint would be filed as Criminal Case No. The Philippine government's prosecution team was led by Special Prosecutor Dennis Villa-Ignacio and other government lawyers.
The plunder case consisted of four separate charges: acceptance of 545 million pesos from proceeds of jueteng, an illegal gambling game; misappropriation of 130 million pesos in excise taxes from tobacco; receiving a 189.7-million-peso commission from the sale of the shares of Belle Corporation, a real-estate firm; and owning some 3.2 billion pesos in a bank account under the name Jose Velarde. Their case against Joseph Estrada was based on the following: Former President Joseph Estrada's defense panel, led by Atty.
When Estrada was a young adult, he stumbled upon an acting role and enjoyed the sense of escapism that acting provided him.
Quickly proving his acting prowess, he opted to pursue an acting career in lieu of completing his education.