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Byline: Juliet Labog-Javellana and Leila B. Salaverria
JOSEPH ERAP ESTRADA HELPED OUST Manuel Villar as Senate president because he wants the latter out of the way of the opposition ticket in the 2010 presidential election.
This was disclosed to the Inquirer by an administration senator.
Estrada denied any hand in the coup that saw Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, an ally of both President Macapagal-Arroyo and her deposed predecessor, taking the plum post from Villar.
Erap sees that there are many candidates from the opposition. He wants Manny Villar out of the way because [the latters] being Senate president gives him a competitive edge, said the senator who asked not to be named because of the sensitive nature of the subject.
The senator said Estrada, who was convicted of plunder and quickly pardoned by Ms Arroyo, played his hand through his son, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, as well as senators harboring presidential or vice presidential ambitions. …