Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Estrada: Aquino and Villar are so presumptuous

March 17, 2010 19:11:00
Christian V. Esguerra
Philippine Daily Inquirer

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MANILA, Philippines—Is the presidency in the bag for Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III or Senator Manuel Villar?

Former president Joseph Estrada said Wednesday he was not amused with the way the two frontrunners in major surveys of presidential candidates were projecting themselves during the campaign for the May 10 elections.

Estrada said both Aquino and Villar should show some humility and should not act as if they were certain of winning and of what to do in the event they succeed President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“They’re very presumptuous,” he told the Inquirer. “I already became President but I don’t talk that way. They haven’t won yet. They should show humility.”

Estrada cited the pronouncement of Aquino that he would put up a commission to investigate alleged crimes by Arroyo during her nine-year administration.

Aquino said the body would be modeled after the Presidential Commission on Good Government, which was created by his late mother, former President Corazon Aquino, to go after the ill-gotten wealth of Ferdinand Marcos.

Aquino’s vice presidential candidate, Senator Mar Roxas, on Tuesday announced that MalacaƱang would be more open to the media should he and his running mate win.

Estrada said he made it a point in his campaign speeches to focus on what he did during his brief stint in MalacaƱang from 1998 to 2001.

“Other candidates are still making promises,” he said. “But in my case, I have done them and it’s just a matter of continuing them.”

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