Did Erap not vote for Binay?


Posted at May 10 2010 02:13 PM | Updated as of May 11 2010 03:11 AM

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) - Did former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada vote for his running mate, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay?

Allegations that Estrada didn't vote for Binay arose after video footages taken of his ballot indicated that he did not shade any oval in the vice-presidential rows.

Videos footages of his ballot have gone viral, with one such video claiming it was from ABS-CBN. (Click here for link to video.)

However, Estrada's spokesman Margaux Salcedo denied reports that the former president did not vote for a Binay.

Estrada voted at an elementary school in San Juan City in Metro Manila at high noon Monday.

Binay is running under his old party, PDP-Laban and has allied with the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino standard-bearer.

Estrada, wearing an orange checkered polo and a white jacket, shaded his ballot with his left hand in a polling precinct at the Pedro Cruz Elementary School.

The former president was surrounded by the media and employees.

Estrada said he always votes at high noon because he believes he's luckier if he votes while the sun is at its brightest.

Before voting, the former president went to Antipolo City in Rizal province to hear Mass. He also visited his parents’ graves at the San Juan Cemetery.

Estrada is seeking a comeback to Malacañang after his 6-year term was cut short following a military-backed people's revolt in 2001 known as Edsa Dos.

He was jailed for several years and convicted of plunder. He was pardoned and released in October 2007.

Estrada has urged his loyal supporters to bring him back to Malacañang so he can finish his pro-poor programs that were cut short after President Arroyo succeeded him. -- with a report from ANC