The Vote 2010: Joseph Estrada/Jose Marcelo Ejercito
The Philippine Star
JOSEPH ESTRADA/JOSE MARCELO EJERCITO
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino-United Opposition
Campaign slogan: Kung May Erap, May Ginhawa
Born April 19, 1937 in Tondo, Manila
Married to Luisa Pimentel Ejercito
Children: (with Luisa Ejercito) Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Jude Estrada, Jacqueline Ejercito-Lopez; 3 other first-born children
Elementary: Ateneo de Manila University
High School: Ateneo de Manila University
College: Mapua Institute of Technology, mechanical engineering
Father: Engr. Emilio Ejercito
Mother: Maria Marcelo
State of health: In perfect health
Blood pressure: 130/80
None, except circumcision when I was nine and my knee replacement four years ago.
Almost one pack a day.
Plans to cut down?
I don’t bother anyone. I buy my own cigarettes.
No medicine, no vitamins. Sauna once a day, 15 minutes a day for the last 50 years.
Walang botox yan, no plastic surgery.
Ever consulted a psychiatrist?
I’m married to one.
Economy: Ben Diokno, Philip Medalla
Foreign affairs: Domingo Siazon, my classmate
Security: Myself, being a former mayor.
Politics and legal matters: Sen. Ernesto Maceda
Media: No permanent adviser
Health: Former health secretary Alfredo Romualdez
P 1.5 billion.
Repay campaign donors.
I accept donations without any consideration.
Role of the VP.
My VP Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay is a very good local executive. Maybe DILG.
My former Cabinet is intact. No one was involved in a scam.
Relatives to serve as confidential staff.
Myself, or my wife. My old barber of 30 years died.
First lady Loi’s role.
Same as before.
Do you watch pirated DVDs?
I don’t have time.
Increase FDI and local investments.
Peace and order. Level the playing field. Eliminate graft and corruption.
Model for economic development.
Lower power costs, improve energy security.
Continue with geothermal, look for alternative energy sources. Alternative energy policy a priority.
Infrastructure priorities and how to fund them.
Farm to market roads. Irrigation. So our food security is ensured. A hungry stomach knows no law.
New taxes? Other priority tax policies.
No. I choose debt restructuring.
Economic sectors for priority development.
Food security. Agriculture.
Yes, but we have to protect agriculture.
Sectors to be protected/subsidized.
Sectors to be liberalized.
Media. Para magkaroon ng competition. More jobs. Pati suweldo ng reporters tataas.
Foreigners owning land.
Yes, except agricultural land.
No choice. We can’t give them jobs here. But their remittances are helping the economy.
We have to ask our schools to train more people.
Benefits of growth to the grassroots.
We can’t eradicate graft and corruption but we can minimize it.
Mining and exploitation of natural resources.
Still studying. Maraming marurunong, pati pari nakikialam.
Manufacturing and exports.
Uncompetitive. We can only compete in canning of fish.
Can we be self-sufficient in rice?
Yes, by prioritizing irrigation, water impounding. I gave incentives to governors who produced more palay.
Agricultural production, agribusiness, tourism.
Did that already. On tourism, we can’t move forward without peace and security.
A total failure. It’s global competition. Establish cooperatives, give titles to farmers.
Improve corporate regulation.
I haven’t studied that yet.
How to stop smuggling.
Easy. Impose punishment.
Support for R&D in key industries.
Bank secrecy laws and money laundering.
Relax bank secrecy, especially for public officials.
Peace in Mindanao.
Yes to negotiation, but no to dismemberment of the republic. Won’t allow MOA-AD-type deal, it’s treason.
Policy on communist rebels.
Negotiate from a position of strength.
Fixed term for AFP chief.
Yes, to professionalize military.
Private armies and CVOs.
No, because they are inherently illegal.
Adopted member of a PMA class.
The most notorious – 1971.
Importance of US military aid.
Other countries we should have closer military alliance.
China, because it’s an emerging economy and has no record of invading other countries.
Corruption in the PNP/AFP?
Stiffer punishment for offenders and strict enforcement of command responsibility.
RP’s most important ally is…
As of now, the US. In a few years, we have to enhance our relationship with China.
China – threat, challenge, friend?
Friend. China has no history of invading other countries. It’s purely for business. They are industrious people.
First foreign trip as president.
I don’t like to go on state visits. I’ll travel only for very important meetings to cut down on our expenditures.
Should RP strengthen ties with any particular region?
Middle East countries where our OFWs are concentrated.
We should pursue it in the international courts.
It’s my top priority. Among all our presidents I was the one who put the biggest per capita budget for education.
Additional years in grade school and high school.
Definitely, but government can’t afford it. There’s a growing disparity between rich and poor kids, where the rich have three years pre-school and the poor go straight to grade one.
Free universal kindergarten.
Importance of English proficiency in national competitiveness.
We have to improve (English proficiency) like China and Singapore. That’s the advantage we have over our Asian neighbors and pretty soon we may lose that.
How to improve national competitiveness.
Funding. Schools should also be encouraged to offer non-degree courses.
Role of arts and culture.
We should not lose our identity as Filipinos.
Priorities in improving public health care.
I will increase the budget for health care, whatever you want for enhancement/improvement for public health care will boil down to the budget.
Family planning/reproductive health.
In favor. It is very important to give women a choice of a family they can afford. I am 100 per cent against abortion.
Keeping doctors, nurses and other health professionals home.
We can’t stop them until we give them jobs here, and it boils down to peace and order. We could have the best hospitals and health professionals but if we have poor security, then nothing will happen.
Cost of medicine.
In India medicine is cheap because they are generic. Here, the pharmaceuticals lobby even to the President.
Should SC powers be limited?
Yes. The SC should not delve into business and economic issues.
Should GMA appoint the next chief justice?
Independence of judiciary.
Avoid influence peddling in appointment of members of the judiciary. So nobody is beholden to anybody.
Will you invoke executive privilege, and under what circumstances?
No. The President should be made accountable for all his actions.
Transparency in government.
People in the government should be made aware of severe punishment awaiting them. No holds barred investigation whoever they may be.
How will you deal with corruption?
Certainty of punishment, full implementation of the law like in the US.
Prosecution of GMA for corruption.
People should file charges against GMA. Personally, I would not since I have forgiven those people who have wrongly accused me.
Murder of journalists and militants.
We have to investigate.
AFP/PNP respect for human rights.
During my term, may nagreklamo ba against human rights sa AFP at PNP?
Too much freedom/democracy.
We have democracy now, right? But look at where we are now….
Is the Philippine press irresponsible?
Have you been treated fairly by the mass media?
Sometimes not, as during my impeachment trial.
Economic rights over civil liberties.
There’s no substitute for civil liberties.
How to deal with extreme flooding.
Continue flood control programs similar to what we did in Camanava.
Have a climate change commission funded by First World countries, but just continue policies we started even before climate change became fashionable issue.
We have to protect our forests, be strict. Permit selective logging.
Develop Laguna Lake because that is the biggest source of water. We have a lot of sources of water but they’re not being developed.
All. They have so much politics and so much corruption in PSC.
First-ever Olympic gold under your watch? How?
We cannot promise but we will do our best.
STAND ON THE FOLLOWING:
Yes, some economic provisions need to be changed.
It was approved during my administration.
Freedom of Information Act?
I’m all for that.
Right of reply bill.
What divorce? (Laughs)
What God has put together, let no man put asunder.
We have to bring back the death penalty.
Current energy crisis.
We have to consult the experts.
Issue on you having several families.
My wife does not complain, this is personal and it has nothing to do with my handling the government. It happens to young men, even to bishops. We all make mistakes.