While the Supreme Court junked the disqualification case of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada for his 2013 mayoralty bid, an election lawyer stood firm that he can no longer run for president.
Atty. Romulo Macalintal said via radio dzMM that there is a provision in the constitution that would hinder Estrada to seek presidential re-election.
“Considering the provision of the Constitution, any elected president cannot run for any reelection. Maliwanag ang sinabi (The statement is clear): any reelection. So you cannot run for any reelection. The word ‘any’ – that’s the catch,” Macalintal said.
Atty. George Erwin Garcia, Estrada’s lawyer, came to his defense by explaining that the provision only applies to incumbent president.
Garcia also said that the purpose of the provision “is to prevent an incumbent president from using the resources of the office so that he would perpetuate himself in power.”
Estrada, however, was clear that he has no plans yet of running for higher office or for another mayoralty bid in the 2016 elections. But if the people will ask him to run, he is willing to oblige.
“Pag hiningi tayo ng taongbayan, eh wala tayong magagawa,” he said.