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Joseph Estrada

erapJoseph Marcelo Ejercito, popularly known as Erap, was born on April 19, 1937 in Tondo, the poorest district of Manila. He belonged to an upper middle class family, and was the eighth of ten children of Emilio Ejercito, a government engineer, and his wife Maria Marcelo. He finished his primary studies at the Ateneo de Manila University, but was expelled in his sophomore year of high school for unruly behavior. He went to Mapúa Institute of Technology to continue schooling with an engineering course, but dropped out from studies altogether two years later.

Estrada gained popularity as a film actor, playing the lead role in over 100 films in an acting career spanning 33 years. He leveraged his popularity as an actor to make gains in politics, serving as mayor of San Juan for seventeen years, as Senator for one term, then as Vice President of the Philippines under the administration of President Fidel Ramos.

Estrada was elected President in 1998 with a wide margin of votes separating him from the other challengers, and was sworn into the presidency on June 30, 1998. However, allegations of corruption spawned an impeachment trial in the Senate, and in 2001 Estrada was ousted from power after the trial was aborted. In 2007, he was found guilty of plunder and sentenced to reclusion perpetua, but was later granted a pardon by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Estrada was inaugurated on June 30, 1998 in the historical town of Malolos in Bulacan province in paying tribute to the cradle of the First Philippine Republic. That afternoon the new president delivered his inaugural address at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta. He assumed office amid the Asian Financial Crisis and with agricultural problems due to poor weather conditions, thereby slowing the economic growth to -0.6% in 1998 from a 5.2% in 1997. The economy recovered by 3.4% in 1999 and 4% in 2000. In 2000 he declared an “all-out-war” against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and captured it’s headquarters and other camps. However, allegations of corruption spawned an impeachment trial in the Senate, and in 2001 Estrada was ousted from power after the trial was aborted.

Other Information

  • Born : April 19, 1937
  • Birthplace: Tondo, Manila
  • Birth name : Jose Marcelo Ejercito
  • Also known as : Erap
  • Father: Emilio Liza Ejercito, Sr.
  • Mother: Mary Marcelo
  • Nationality : Filipino
  • Schoolos Attended :
    • Ateneo de Manila High School
    • Mapua Institute of Technology
  • Political party : Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (1998-present)
  • Other political affiliations : Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (1986),Partido ng Masang Pilipino/ Nationalist People’s Coalition (1992),Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (1998-present)
  • Spouse : Luisa Pimentel, MD
  • Children:
    • Jose (“Jinggoy”) Ejercito, Jr.
    • Jacqueline Ejercito
    • Jude Ejercito
    • Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito
  • Profession : Professional Actor
  • Religion : Roman Catholic

Awards and achievements

  • 1962 FAMAS Best Actor for Markang Rehas
  • 1964 FAMAS Best Actor for Geron Busabos
  • 1966 FAMAS Best Actor for Ito ang Pilipino
  • 1969 FAMAS Best Actor for Patria Adorada
  • 1971 Outstanding Mayor and foremost Nationalist by the Inter-Provincial Information Service
  • 1972 One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in Public Administration by the Philippine Jaycees
  • 1981 FAMAS Best Actor for Kumander Alibasbas
  • 1981 FAMAS Hall of Fame
  • 2007 Most Outstanding Citizen of San Juan


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