I've been meaning for weeks to write about how Estrada's reasons for running are always purely egotistical: I wasn't able to finish my term, I was robbed, and so on.
Today's Inquirer editorial says it perfectly:
MANILA, Philippines—The presidential bid of Joseph Estrada can be summarized in three words: it is about I, Me and Myself. He is the male counterpart of the faded silent movie-era star Nora Desmond in Billy Wilder’s classic film, “Sunset Boulevard.” It tells of a failed screen writer who gravitates to Desmond, who dreams of making a cinematic comeback. In the end she kills the screenwriter in a jealous fit, and ends up losing all touch with reality, thinking that the news crews covering the murder are a film crew that has begun filming her comeback role.
One of the Nora Desmond character’s famous lines is “I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.” In his mind, Joseph Estrada is still the big shot matinee idol, champion and idol of the masses; but the reality is it’s his fantasy of relevance that has enlarged over time even as his box office and electoral clout has diminished.
For more, see Erap's absurd pronouncement after Comelelec's spineless statement last week:
“I want to be king again myself (and) recover my throne that was stolen from me”