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The Last Will and Testament of Ex-President Joseph Estrada

May 11, 2009
Joseph Estrada (and Boots Anson Roan ), ready to shoot it out

Joseph Estrada (and Boots Anson Roan ), ready to shoot it out

In an otherwise unremarkable piece from the Philippine Daily Inquirer about radio personality Jo San Diego and her relationship with her mother , a former judge (this is a fluff piece for mother´s day, after all), there are these priceless anecdotes:

(Fernando Poe Jr (FPJ) and Joseph Estrada were, of course, the most bankable stars in Philippine cinema for a period of more than fourty years. Estrada actually became president for a short period before loosing his position due to corruption and his underworld connections, “FPJ” also ran, but died prematurely. I went to his wake in Quezon City, more at another opportunity…)

“The Filipino public came to know Justice San Diego because of her tough decisions on several prominent court cases. In 1963, actors Joseph Estrada and Fernando Poe Jr. accused the “Big 4” crime syndicate of extorting money from movie stars, threatening to destroy their career by disfiguring their faces if they did not pay up.

According to news reports, Estrada and Poe holed up in a safe house stockpiled with ammunition, ready to fight the syndicate. Estrada even made out his last will and testament, copies of which he gave to key police officers and to President Diosdado Macapagal (whose daughter Gloria would one day become the two actors’ political nemesis). The alleged syndicate leader was Luis “Baby” Asistio, a member of a powerful political family in Caloocan City. Influential forces were at play, but San Diego stood by the law and sent the syndicate members to jail.

In 1967, actress Maggie de la Riva bravely pursued a case against her rapists Jaime Jose, Basilio Pineda, Edgardo Aquino and Rogelio Canal. San Diego meted out the death penalty. Canal died in prison; the three others died in the electric chair. Their execution in 1972 was given full TV coverage. Jo says her mom never believed in the death penalty. But when she asked the justice why she meted it out to Jose, et al, she replied: “Hija, in Philippine law, rape is punishable by death.”

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  1. July 18, 2009 12:00 am

    pharua muhammad alih
    isabella market side,basilan
    Posted at 6:23pm on Friday, July 17th, 2009

    to know more about names,just type baby names meaning of ……(your name) then go,search thru internet.

    Pharua Muhammad ALih
    Market side,Isabella Basilan City
    Posted at 6:20pm on Friday, July 17th, 2009

    Friday, July 17, 2009
    The meaning of the names of the Philippines Presidents

    Emilio – Latin – Eager
    Aguinaldo – Germanic – One who rules by the sword
    Manuel – Hebrew – God is with us
    Jose – He will enlarge
    laurel – Latin -Laurel tree; Winner(slang)
    sergio – Italian – Variant of serge- Attendant; Helper
    elpidio – Greek – He who has hopes
    Quirino – Latin – He who carries a lance
    Ramon – Spanish – Variant of Raymond means Wise protector
    Carlos – Spanish form of Charles – Man; manly; sensual
    Garcia – Spanish – Mighty with a spear
    Ferdinand – Germanic – Adventorous
    Marcos – Spanish – Originally derived from the Greek god Mars; Warlike
    Corazon – Spanish – Heart
    Fidel – Latin – Faithful
    Ramos – Latin – Branch
    Joseph – Hebrew -God will add; God will increase; god will multiply
    Estrada – Latin – Road
    Gloria – Latin – Glory
    Arroyo – A deep gully cut by an intermittent stream; a dry gulch.
    A brook; a creek. or a 2 distinctive association; the south western natural formation of a gully or stream; cincinatti reds; starting pitcher.

    By: Pharua Muhammad Alih
    Basilan National High school
    Isabella Basilan City
    Mindanao, Philippines

    Know the meaning of the name of your Country and your Presidents
    ( Ako ay Filipino)

    As a republic country, may karapatan po akong sabihin na bakit ba kailangan ang bansa natin ay sa ibaba ng pangalan ni King Philipps? Philipps means horse lover. bakit po ba hindi na lang sa pangalan ni Jose rizal? Jose means He will enlarge.

    I believe names does affect our lives. baka po na magdadala ang new name ng luck para mas la-laki ang halaga ng pera natin. Rizal, ewan ko po ano ang ibig sabihin ng Rizal. pero, iwasan nyo po ang mga pangalan na may kahulugan na war, tulad ng Imelda means the whole battle, at ang marcos, marcus means warlike; warrior. and that is one of my proof that name does affect our lives. dahil noong si marcos ang presidente ng pilipinas, di ba there is a war with mnlf?

    Gloria ay glory, Arroyo means 2 distinctive association; the south western natural formation of a gully or stream; cincinatti reds; starting pitcher.

    SANA PO JOSE RIZAL NA LANG ANG PANGALAN NG COUNTRY NATIN dahil he is the writer of the pearl of the orient. and because we, karapat dapat magkaroon ng sarili nating pangalan.

    Anonymous

    Posted at 6:17pm on Friday, July 17th, 2009

    Friday, July 17, 2009
    The meaning of the names of the Philippines Presidents

    Emilio – Latin – Eager
    Aguinaldo – Germanic – One who rules by the sword
    Manuel – Hebrew – God is with us
    Jose – He will enlarge
    laurel – Latin -Laurel tree; Winner(slang)
    sergio – Italian – Variant of serge- Attendant; Helper
    elpidio – Greek – He who has hopes
    Quirino – Latin – He who carries a lance
    Ramon – Spanish – Variant of Raymond means Wise protector
    Carlos – Spanish form of Charles – Man; manly; sensual
    Garcia – Spanish – Mighty with a spear
    Ferdinand – Germanic – Adventorous
    Marcos – Spanish – Originally derived from the Greek god Mars; Warlike
    Corazon – Spanish – Heart
    Fidel – Latin – Faithful
    Ramos – Latin – Branch
    Joseph – Hebrew -God will add; God will increase; god will multiply
    Estrada – Latin – Road
    Gloria – Latin – Glory
    Arroyo – A deep gully cut by an intermittent stream; a dry gulch.
    A brook; a creek. or a 2 distinctive association; the south western natural formation of a gully or stream; cincinatti reds; starting pitcher.

    BY: Pharua Muhammad ALih
    C/o Hji Ruaina muhammad Alih
    Isabella Basilan city

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