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MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Ousted President Joseph Estrada was arraigned Tuesday on the capital offense of economic plunder.

As with his arraignment two weeks ago for alleged perjury, there was a flurry of last-minute activity aimed at quashing the case on constitutional grounds, or gaining a delay. Once again, the courts stood firm on proceeding against the former action film star accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks during 31 months in office.

The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court also arraigned Estrada's son Jinggoy, whose term as mayor of Manila's San Juan district expired June 30, and attorney Edward Serapio.

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