MANILA, Philippines — Ousted President Joseph Estrada will spend at least six days in a spartan jail cell as his lawyers fight to win him house arrest — and appease his angry supporters.

Estrada's lawyers were in a special anti-graft court Thursday to ask that the president be allowed to remain at his home in the luxurious Greenhills district, not in jail, while he awaits trial. The court, called the Sandiganbayan, said the lawyers had until Tuesday to put together their arguments and come back.

Estrada lawyer Raymond Fortun said house arrest would ease security concerns by assuaging the anger of the more than 4,000 Estrada supporters rallying at a highway intersection some 500 yards from his Manila cell.

Estrada has complained of a malfunctioning air conditioner and spartan surroundings in his cell at the Camp Crame national police headquarters.

On Wednesday, Estrada became the first Philippine president ever jailed for alleged corruption. He has been indicted for plunder, illegally amassing more than $1 million while in office. Prosecutors claim he pocketed $82 million in kickbacks and payoffs during 31 months in office. Plunder carries the death penalty, but the punishment is highly unlikely if Estrada is convicted.

Police Director Thompson Lantion asked the court Thursday for permission to transfer Estrada to a jail 40 miles south of Manila due to risks from the nearby pro-Estrada protests. A ruling is expected next week.

Both prosecution and defense lawyers opposed a transfer, citing security risks of escorting Estrada to Manila daily for his trial.

Estrada lawyer Jose Flaminiano also said Estrada's team will seek bail, which normally is not granted for plunder charges.

A crowd of Estrada supporters thinned from about 8,000 late Wednesday just over 4,000 Thursday afternoon at Manila's Edsa intersection after an all-night vigil that slowed traffic. Police reported no violence as the crowd lit firecrackers and waved banners supporting their idol.

The Edsa intersection was the scene of the mass rallies that ousted Estrada on Jan. 20, as well as the demonstrations that forced out late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

Miriam Santiago, a senatorial candidate for the Estrada-backed opposition in May 14 elections, called for a nonviolent campaign of civil disobedience and mass protests. "We will do everything we can to express protest within legal means."