Palace denies moves to oust Erap

By Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 25 2014 04:26 PM | Updated as of Jun 26 2014 12:26 AM

MANILA - Malacañang denied allegations that the Aquino administration is behind moves to oust Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada as part of the scheme to remove the former President and his relatives from government positions.

News reports said that after the detention of Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who is facing plunder and graft charges over the pork barrel scam, Senator JV Ejercito will be next.

Former Laguna Governor ER Ejercito, the mayor's nephew, had been booted out of his office on the basis of a Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruling on a disqualification case.

Meanwhile, a case is pending before the Supreme Court (SC) on the disqualification of Mayor Estrada.

News reports said information obtained by the camp of Estrada revealed that the Aquino administration is pushing for the case to ensure the ouster of the mayor.

But according to presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, as far as the pending case before the SC is concerned, nobody can even report what's going on.

"We certainly do not know basis of those allegations. We have always maintained distance from Supreme Court. We don't know what's happening in the Supreme Court," he said.

He added the Aquino administration has no plans to oust Estrada from his position.

Lacierda explained that the cases being faced by the Estradas did not emanate from Malacañang.

He said Jinggoy's alleged harassment was brought by an investigation of the Commission on Audit (COA) while ER's case was ruled by the poll body.

"For all intent and purposes, our government system is tripartite. In all instances, cases have been initiated, being decided by other bodies in another branch of government," said Lacierda.