I saw an interesting column today about ex-president Joseph Estrada in the Manila Standard, but too bad, the website doesn’t have an online copy. Basically, the columnist details Erap’s “last stand” shortly after the 1986 Edsa revolution, when he refused to relinquish his post as San Juan mayor to Cory Aquino’s new government. In protest, he and his aides locked themselves up in the munisipyo office, and President Cory sent a formidable police general — Alfredo Lim — to force him out.
When Lim arrived at the office, however, he found the mayor’s office empty, and stinking of urine and feces. Erap and his friends had scuttled off, but not before leaving an undignified mess for his successor to clean up.
Likewise with this latest “strategy” of his: seeing that his lawyers are unable to defend him against his own flapping tongue, he has resorted instead to “poisoning the well,” so to speak, with loaded statements about the “bias” of the court and the “power” of public opinion. He knows he is going down, but he is going to make it as difficult and as messy as he can for his opponents, possibly even fomenting yet another popular class revolt.