April 23, 2002 |
One day after a series of bombings left 14 people dead and about 60 others injured in the southern Philippines, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo vowed Monday to fight terrorism and ordered a crackdown on those suspected of trying to destabilize the region. "This is a crime against the Filipino people," she said of the bombings. "This evil will not go unpunished."
June 18, 2001 |
In the five months since Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took power, she has been tested at the barricades, at the ballot box and by Islamic rebels in the jungle. Her response has been consistent: tough talk and, if needed, military force. Sworn into office the same day as President Bush, Arroyo assumed power amid turmoil and has moved from one crisis to another ever since.
May 15, 2001 |
Ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada voted from detention Monday in elections seen as a referendum on his successor, who was swept to power by street protests four months ago. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was sworn in Jan. 20 as Estrada packed to leave the presidential palace amid a political crisis over corruption allegations. Political analysts say Arroyo's coalition candidates need a strong showing in the race for 13 of the Senate's 24 seats.
May 4, 2001 |
One president of the Philippines lives in a palace, commands the armed forces and rules with the blessing of the Supreme Court. The other president lives in a prison, faces the death penalty and can only wish that winning election was enough to stay in power.
January 26, 2001 |
New Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo confronted coup rumors by telephoning a general Thursday, the same day that her defense secretary announced his resignation. Orlando Mercado's departure was a blow to Arroyo's administration, especially since she has made clean government a top priority. Her predecessor, Joseph Estrada, was forced out last week amid allegations that he amassed a fortune through bribes and kickbacks. Although Mercado had planned to resign by Feb.
January 25, 2001 |
New Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo consolidated her grip on power when a coalition backing her wrested control of the House of Representatives from supporters of deposed leader Joseph Estrada. The coalition elected minority leader Feliciano Belmonte, an Arroyo supporter, as the new speaker. Grappling with a depleted treasury and volatile markets, Arroyo also won pledges of support from the United States and international financial institutions.