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Philippine Ex-President Launches Internet Website


Deposed Philippine president Joseph Estrada has launched his own Internet website to tell his side of the story as he awaits trial on corruption charges.

Mr. Estrada is accused of amassing an $80-million fortune by taking kickbacks from operators of an illegal lottery and embezzling millions of dollars worth of tobacco taxes. The former president and movie star was removed after 30 months in power during a military-backed popular uprising that ushered in the government of Gloria Arroyo in 2001.

The website gives the 68-year old former president an outlet to proclaim his innocence while he remains under house arrest at his vacation villa outside Manila. If convicted on the corruption charges, Mr. Estrada could face the death penalty.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, Reuters.

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