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THE ARROYO ADMINISTRATION:
Transcript of THE ARROYO ADMINISTRATION:
At the height of EDSA revolt, right after the military and the national police had withdrawn their allegiance to Estrada, the Supreme Court declared the presidency vacant on January 20, 2001. Arroyo was sworn in the same day as president of the Philippines by Chief Justice Davide. Estrada questioned later the legitimacy of Supreme Court's declaration and sought to reclaim the presidency. However, the Supreme Court upheld legitimacy of Arroyo's succession.
On July 26, 2003 Arroyo faced a rebellion when junior military officers and soldiers, led by Capt. Gerardo Gambala and Lt. Antonio Trillanes IV, mutinied and seized the oakwood hotel and shopping mall in the business district of makati. Once more, the President declared a state of rebellion in Luzon to prevent the incident from worsening. Senator Rodolfo Biazon, a former general, negotiated with the young rebel soldiers. They surrendered soon before an attack by government forces was even made. The President created the Feliciano Commission to investigate the mutiny. The commission later concluded that the "Oakwood Mutiny" was a planned attempt to bring down the Arroyo from power.
EARLY POLITICAL CAREER:
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, also known by her initials "GMA", is the 14th and incumbent President of the Philippines .She is the country's second female president after Corazon Aquino and is the daughter of president Diosdado Macapagal. She entered politics in 1992 as a member of senate where she has fformeriled over 400 bills and authored 55 laws during her tenure. Among these laws were the anti-sexual harassment law , the indigenous people's rights law, and the export development act.
Arroyo was elected as Vice President in 1998 election under the party Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats. Her running mate for the presidency, Speaker Jose de Venecia jr, lost to estrada. She Became the country's first female vice president defeating by a large margin Estrada's running mate senador Edgardo Angara.
In October 2000, she resigned from the cabinet to distance herself from President Estrada, who was accused of corruption by a former friend and supporter, Gov. Chavit Singson. Arroyo joined the civil society in the call for the president's resignation.
PEOPLE POWER 3 / MAY 1 MAYHEM
On Labor Day, May 1, thousands of protesters, mostly from the poor, marched from the EDSA shrine to Malacañang, demanding that Estrada, who was recently arrested on charges of 'plunder', be released and reinstated.Violence erupted when the protesters attempted to storm the palace. In response, President Arroyo declared a "State of Rebellion" in Metro Manila.
In August 18,2003 Senator Panfilo Lacson accused First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, of keeping campaign funds into a bank account under the fictitious name "Jose Pidal". The allegation ended nowhere. Later , Ignacio Arroyo, Jr., the younger brother, claimed that he was Jose Pidal. The account was never opened when Ignacio Jr.invoked his right to privacy.
THE ARROYO ADMINISTRATION:
A LONG ROAD TO UNITY
While on trial for the plunder case at the Sandigan bayan, the government anti-graft court, Estrada was detained initially at the Veteran's Memorial Medical Center, then transferred to a military facility in Tanay, Rizal, and then transferred again to Sta. Rosa, Laguna .His plunder And corruption trial would be up for desicion in 2007.