GLORIA THROWS WILD AND NOISY PARTY IN CELEBRATION OF ESTRADA'S CONVICTION.
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Gloria gloats over guilty verdict, throws party
Gloating over a guilty verdict marked the day in Malacañang yesterday with President Arroyo and her allies on a “high” over the Sandiganbayan Special Division’s conviction of deposed President Joseph Estrada.
Mrs. Arroyo yesterday was so elated by the guilty verdict on Estrada that she threw a victory party in Malaca-ñang with a few trusted allies from the House of Representatives whom she had invited to gloat along with her, immediately after the anti-graft court convicted the deposed leader.
There were loud shouts of victory and laughter heard in the Palace where Mrs. Arroyo was with her aides and allies.
Palace insiders told the Tribune that the President was “very, very happy” and had been often heard laughing while talking to a few law-makers and allies.
The Palace source however, refused to name the congressmen present, who are believed to number more than 20.
“She (Mrs. Arroyo) was so happy over the verdict that her laughter was heard the loudest on top of others among the crowd (of lawmakers) who visited her,” a Palace official who requested not to be identified said.
The Chief Executive was wearing her “powder blue coat dress, her lucky color,” the source added.
Tuesday night, the President was supposed to grace an economic forum meeting in Shangri-La Hotel, Makati City, with the members of the Makati Business Club, but she canceled her appointment yesterday morning.
The Chief Executive however welcomed outgoing Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Ryuichiro Yamazaki along with Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Sergio Apostol said after the verdict was given by the anti-graft court on Estrada, he had talked to Mrs. Arroyo on the phone.
“I talked to her awhile ago and I cannot describe her happiness. Well, let’s just say she received the verdict very well. She is in a good mood. She feels vindicated. I went to Malacañang (later before noon) and saw there were many congressmen present. I didn’t know what the agenda was but when I arrived there, I saw there were no members of the opposition present,” Apostol disclosed.
Press Secretary and concurrent presidential spokesman Ignacio Bunye said they hope the Filipino people would remain calm and respect the court’s decision.
“We bow to the decision of the Sandiganbayan. We hope and pray that the rule of law will prevail. Meantime, we have a country to run, an economy to grow, and a peace to win. We hope that this sad episode in our history will not permanently distract us from these goals,” his statement read.
Apostol meanwhile, reacting to Estrada’s remark that the people on top pressured the court into convicting him, stressed that Mrs. Arroyo had not intervened nor influenced the three justices of the anti-graft court to have Estrada convicted.
“Malacañang has nothing to do with it (the verdict). It (Sandiganbayan) is an independent judiciary, Malacañang never intervened,” he said.
Earlier, however, it was bared that at least two individuals, one of whom was Ricardo Cardinal Vidal while the other was El Shaddai leader Bro. Mike Velarde, had already warned Estrada in his Tanay estate that Mrs. Arroyo was determined to have him convicted.
There were also several full page advertisements that appeared all pointing to Estrada’s conviction.
Apostol said even if Estrada elevated his case to the Supreme Court they are confident that the guilty verdict stays.
“The appeal they (Estrada lawyers) would lodge before the Supreme Court would revolve around the issue of a question of law, it is no longer the question of facts. There is already a complete finding of facts by the Sandiganbayan. We doubt whether the Erap camp can have the decision overturned,” he said.
“I think there will be (reconciliation) moves, there will be moves for reconciliation, although there’s nothing definite yet. But I am confident that one of these days President Arroyo will visit Erap in his detention cell. We believe she will do that. She has placed on top of her agenda the reconciliation process among her critics. It’s too early to move now, the decision was just ou.” he said.
Posted on Sep 14, 2007, 10:36 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11