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November 13, 2000, the House of Representatives Voted to Impeach President Joseph Estrada

On November 13, 2000, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Joseph Estrada. He was charged of graft and corruption, betrayal of public trust, culpable violations of the Constitution for allegedly accepting bribe money from operators of illegal gambling.

The impeachment case was filed by the oppostion Bloc led by House Minority Leader Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on October 19, 2000.

Speaker Manuel Villar read his referral of the Articles of Impeachment, paving the way for the formal trial of the President by the Senate, where the senators sit as jurors and Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. as presiding officer.

It was transmitted to the Senate on November 14, 2000. Trial commenced on December 7, 2000. Impeachment trial ended after prosecutors walked out on January 16, 2001

Since 1935, only three officials have been impeached: President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, and Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.


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