Arroyo Pardons Former President of the Philippines

Just six weeks after Joseph Estrada, the ousted former president of the Philippines, was convicted of embezzling an estimated $80 million while in power and sentenced to life in prison, he is a free man. Gloria Arroyo, his successor and the current president, claims that she pardoned Estrada in an attempt to promote national reconciliation and bridge the country's deep political fissures. However, Arroyo's detractors believe that her actions were motivated by a selfish need to garner public support. Arroyo is currently fighting a third impeachment attempt and calls for her resignation, and despite Estrada's conviction, he remains hugely popular among the Filipino masses Read More...


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