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Filipino actor and politician Joseph Estrada served as the 13th president of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001.
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Estrada’s 1998 presidential campaign was centered on this same law-and-order platform. Despite accusations of electoral fraud, Estrada won the presidency by a landslide, leaving his closest competitor, Jose de Venecia, in the dust. During Estrada’s administration, he improved the country’s tax collection system and worked toward demilitarizing the Philippine government.
On April 25, 2001,
Estrada was arrested on charges of plunder that his political adversaries had filed against him. After a long and humiliating trial, Estrada was imprisoned in Tanay for six years and was eventually released based on an unconditional pardon in October of 2007.
Following his release from prison, Estrada has worked for a number of local humanitarian causes, including disaster-relief missions and programs that strive to help the poor by eradicating hunger.
In 2009, Estrada made a comeback in the film industry with an acting role in One and Only Family, filmed in Quezon City.
In 2010, he ran for president again but came in second to Benigno Aquino III in the general elections.
As of 2011, Estrada continued to reside -- along with his wife, former senator Dr. Luisa Pimentel -- in the Tondo district of Manila where Estrada grew up. The couple has three children, including their son Jinggoy, who has served in the Philippine Senate since 2004.
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