Erap allowed more time to answer disqualification case

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MANILA - The Supreme Court has allowed former President Joseph Estrada more time to answer the allegations against him in connection with the bid for his disqualification as the new mayor of Manila.

 

The high court granted the 30-day extension he sought to answer the plea filed by rival and former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim. The extension will end on August 6.

Estrada’s counsel, George Erwin Garcia, said he is handling too many cases and that he needed more time to answer Lim’s petition for intervention.

Lim intervened in the case filed by lawyer Alicia Risos-Vidal, who sought a reversal of the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) allowing Estrada to run for mayor despite his previous conviction for plunder.

Vidal is also allegedly Lim’s lawyer.

While Lim did not ask for a halt order on Estrada’s assumption of the post, he asked the high court to order the Comelec to convene the board of canvassers and proclaim him the winner.