Estrada [right] was found guilty of
plunder [REUTERS]
Inside Story discusses the life sentence handed down to Joseph Estrada, the former Philippines president, and the wider phenomenon of corruption in third world leaders.

How have corruption allegations or accusations have been perverted to confront political opponents or opposition parties? Why do some leaders consider themselves above the law?

We will also discuss the missing element of a strong legitimate opposition to maintain the required balance and achieve transparency.

Our guests will be Senator Francis Escudero from Manila and Professor Roland Simbulan, also from Manila.

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This episode of Inside Story aired on 13th September 2007

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