August 3, 2001 |
Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada was ordered to stand trial in October on perjury charges, and he will testify in his own defense against the corruption charges that led to his ouster, his lawyers said. Estrada will tell the anti-graft court that he never lied about his assets and that he did not hold interests in 55 companies, as prosecutors allege, defense lawyers said. Estrada also faces a charge of plunder, a capital offense.
July 24, 2001 |
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo outlined ambitious plans Monday to fight poverty, corruption and crime, but her proposal for a year without political bickering didn't make it through the afternoon. "We don't intend to stop as we are in the opposition and we will criticize the government responsibly," said Senate minority leader Aquilino Pimentel after Arroyo's first state of the nation address.
June 28, 2001 |
Joseph Estrada was arraigned on a perjury charge Wednesday and tersely answered an anti-corruption judge's questions, the latest episode in the downfall of the once-popular president. With last-minute efforts failing to delay the embarrassment of his becoming the first Philippine leader--in or out of office--to be arraigned, Estrada stood up in the packed courtroom, forced to go through the motions of any criminal defendant. "Mr. President, just for the record, how old are you?" the judge asked.
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 3, 2001 |
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo promised to arrest more opposition leaders and crack down on any new protests after clashes between security forces and backers of her jailed predecessor killed at least six people. She threatened a swift response to any attempt to rekindle violent demonstrations in support of former President Joseph Estrada. Arroyo declared a "state of rebellion" in Manila on Tuesday, giving police power to arrest without warrants.