Commissioner Rene V. Sarmiento has attracted some flak for saying that he thinks former President Joseph Estrada is Constitutionally barred from running for President in 2010. There are those who say that Sarmiento had pre-judged the case.
I think it needs to be pointed out that Sarmiento was one of the authors of the 1987 Constitution. Because of that, I think he has a unique perspective into this whole scenario, quite apart from his being a COMELEC Commissioner. And I think it is in that context that his statement should be appreciated.