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Disqualification case vs Erap an acid test for Comelec, says petitioner
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MANILA, Philippines - The disqualification case filed by lawyer Alice Vidal against former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada could be an acid test for the seven commissioners of the Commission on Elections.

“I have nothing personal against former President Erap, it’s just above board,” Vidal told newsmen at the weekly forum, Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City.

She said she filed the disqualification case before the Comelec as a taxpayer of Manila after admitting she once became an election lawyer of Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim against former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza.

She argued that President Erap accepted the offer of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who signed her presidential pardon that he will not seek public office after the pardon was granted.

But the camp of Erap argued it is very clear in the same pardon that his full civil and political rights are restored.

Erap was convicted of plunder by the Sandiganbayan who imposed a penalty of reclusion perpetua or life imprisonment.

Erap is running for mayor against Lim in Manila.

Lawyer Simeon Garcia, spokesman of Erap, who was also present during the same forum claimed a clause supersedes all "whereas" clauses contrary to the order.

“It is clear in the executive pardon that Erap can vote and be voted upon after the full restoration of all his civil and political rights,” said Garcia.