Dating pangulong erap estrada
He was also very transparent, many times, to a fault.
Against all well-meaning advice, he openly showed his anger and he answered questions from the media frankly and candidly. He was unpretentious and spontaneous with his reactions.
Alfredo Lim, on the way to the NBI compound where I was booked and temporarily detained. Mabuti pa samahan ko kayo." And so he did ride with me in the van.
Erap stayed long at the NBI, drove away the media who wanted to capture and feast on my image being fingerprinted and photographed as a criminal. I could never forget this most sincere gesture of concern and kindness which Erap readily extended to me during one of my darkest days, when many of my so-called friends chose to keep their distance from me.
Precisely, he prefaced his speech by explaining that he is doing this out of a sense of moral duty to the public and the nation.
His call was for God to save this country from Joseph Ejercito Estrada.
He, along with eleven other Senators, myself included, voted for the abrogation of the U. Bases Agreement despite the strong lobby for its extension led by no less than President Aquino.
While we were praised by many as "The Magnificent Twelve," we were also denounced and branded as "The Dirty Dozen" by those who wanted to maintain America's military presence in the Philippines.
Ang dalawampu't dalawa pang Senador ay pawang mga kandidato ng yumaong Pangulong Corazon C. Limang taon kaming magkatabi ng upuan noon sa Senado.This was around the time when many who he thought were his true friends either turned against him or abandoned him.On the other hand, those who despised him from the beginning, for he did not belong to the self-righteous elitist segments of this society, were relentless in their efforts to humiliate him and oust him from Malacanang fast and quick.In hindsight, if not for that bold and historic vote, we would not have seen the rise of Subic and Clark as living examples of what we can, on our own, achieve as a sovereign nation.In 1990, when I was arrested for what the Supreme Court eventually declared to be a non-existent crime of "Rebellion Complexed with Murder" right on the Floor of the Old Senate, Erap was the only one among my colleagues who dared and offered to accompany me as I rode the van with the arresting officers led by then Director of the National Bureau of Investigation, former Gen. Kababaril lang ho kay Pepe Oyson sa isang police van.