Former Philippine president Joseph “Erap” Estrada has tested positive for the fast-spreading COVID-19, as announced by his sons on social media.
Former senators Jinggoy Estrada and JV Ejercito took to Facebook to ask for prayers for the recovery of their father with the former saying that he has suffered from body weakness that prompted them to rush him to the hospital.
“Sa aking mga kababayan, nais ko pong ipaalam sa inyo na ang aking ama, na si dating pangulong Joseph Estrada, ay isinugod namin sa ospital kagabi sa kadahilanan ng panghihina ng kanyang katawan,” Jinggoy wrote on his official Facebook account. “Na-diagnose na po siya na positibo sa COVID-19.”
He added that Erap is now in stable condition, but remained to ask for prayers and everyone to stay safe.
JV, likewise, did the same thing on his official Facebook account.
“Please pray for my father who has tested positive for COVID-19 and was rushed to the hospital. Please pray for all those who are likewise fighting this virus,” he wrote.
His other son, actor Jake Ejercito, also confirmed the news on his official Twitter account.
“Our dad, former president Joseph Estrada, tested positive for COVID-19. He’s now confined in a hospital and is in stable condition. Please pray for his recovery and the recovery of everyone affected by the virus,” he wrote.
Our dad, former president Joseph Estrada, tested positive for COVID-19. He’s now confined in a hospital and is in stable condition. Please pray for his recovery and the recovery of everyone affected by the virus 🙏🏼— jake ejercito (@unoemilio) March 28, 2021
Erap led the country as President from 1998 to 2001. He was ousted from office after a series of protests on EDSA, which was held for five days in the middle of his trials for plunder charges. He was later pardoned by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, his vice president at the time, who took over his seat.
He also served as Manila mayor for two terms, from 2013 to 2019. The latter year, he ran again for re-election but lost to current Manila mayor Isko Moreno.
Erap is not the first former Manila mayor to get infected with COVID-19. Alfredo Lim, his long-time political rival, succumbed to the disease last August 2020 at the age of 90.
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