VOTE TIME:  GMA  WAITS  HER  TURN  IN  LUBAO;  ERAP  VOTES  IN  SAN  JUAN

LUBAO, PAMPANGA
, OCTOBER 30, 2007 (STAR) President Arroyo was the 86th voter to cast her ballot in her precinct at the Lubao Elementary School yesterday morning.

In San Juan, ousted President Joseph Estrada voted at the Pedro Cruz Elementary School.

Wearing a blue pantsuit, Mrs. Arroyo arrived at the Lubao Elementary School at about 9:25 a.m. and immediately proceeded to precinct 1-A after being welcomed by Lubao Mayor Dennis Pineda and Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo.

She was 7th in the official list of voters posted at the door of the precinct.

Based on the estimate of the Philippine Information Agency, Mrs. Arroyo was the 86th voter to have cast her ballot at the polling place.

Mrs. Arroyo spent more time waiting for her turn than filling up her ballot, which she did in less than five minutes.

After dropping her ballot into the designated box, Mrs. Arroyo talked briefly with a man who was carrying his baby, and then proceeded to her car on her way to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) at Clark Freeport for her flight to Dumaguete City.

She flew to Dumaguete City to attend the International Conference on Integrated Taxation System at the Negros Oriental Convention Center.

Estrada made it to the polling precinct shortly before it closed at 3 p.m.

Estrada was elated when voters at the polling place started clapping and shouting “Erap! Erap!” while he was going up the stairs to the second floor to cast his ballot.

He just smiled when reporters asked how it felt being able to vote again in San Juan after two elections.

Police escorts prevented photographers and cameramen as well as reporters from getting close to Estrada.

During the 2004 presidential elections, Estrada voted at his detention quarters in Tanay, Rizal, when his buddy, Fernando Poe Jr., ran for president but lost to Mrs. Arroyo.

He also voted at his resthouse during the senatorial and local elections last May.

Estrada had been voting at the Pedro Cruz Elementary School in San Juan before he was arrested and detained in 2001, according to Ferdie Ramos, his media relations officer. — Ding Cervantes, Ric Sapnu, James Mananghaya


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