AFTER nine years since he was ousted from power, former President Joseph Estrada returned to Malacañang Tuesday.

Estrada accepted the invitation of Malacañang to attend the National Security Council meeting together with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, several congressmen and senators, Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners and national security officials at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang compound.

Onboard black Lincoln Navigator, Estrada arrived at the Palace around 9:45 a.m.

In an interview with the media, Estrada said many memories have flashed back in his mind yet he was not so excited about his visit.

He said just accepted the invitation of the President believing that he has a lot to contribute in addressing issues in the country such as ensuring a clean and credible 2010 election.

“I am glad I was invited to give few of my advice to help solve some of our pressing problems especially regarding peace and order for the coming election,” he said.

He said the public are excited to see a clean and successful automated election which he will make sure to happen.

It has been exactly nine years since Estrada relinquished his post to Arroyo in January 21, 2001.

Asked if he hoped to be back in office as President in six months time should he win the Presidential race, he answered, “That’s destiny”. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)