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This, as originally planned becomes our forum on how those from
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to finding a common cause so we can be together as one people, because
its the future of our children that will benefit for the change that we are all longing
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There are two theories on the origins of the
first Filipinos, the inhabitants of what will later be called the Philippine
Islands and eventually the Republic of the
In the beginning of the 3rd century, the
inhabitants of Luzon
island were in contact and trading with East Asian sea-farers and merchants
including the Chinese. In the 1400's the Japanese also established a trading
post at Aparri in
In 1380, Muslim Arabs arrived at the Sulu
Archipelago and established settlements which became mini-states ruled by a Datu.
They introduced Islam in the southern parts of the archipelago including some
Philippine History During the Spanish
In 1521, Ferdinand
Magellan, a Portuguese explorer who was serving the Spanish crown, landed in
1565, King Philip II
Lopez de Legazpi as the first Governor-General of the
The secret society of the Katipunan,
founded by Andres Bonifacio attacked the Spanish Garrison in
Philippine History During the American
war which started in
In accordance with the Tydings-McDuffie Act
of 1934, The Philippines was given independence on
Philippine History During the Japanese
In October 1944, Gen. MacArthur with
President Sergio Osmeña (who assumed the presidency after Quezon died on
The Philippine Republic
Magsaysay defeated Quirino in the 1953
elections. He was a popular president and largely loved by the people. Magsaysay
died in an airplane crash on
Diosdado Macapagal won the 1961 presidential
elections and soon after he changed history by declaring June 12 as independence
day - the day Emilio Aguinaldo declared independence in
History During the Martial Law Regime
E. Marcos won the presidency in 1965 and was the first to be re-elected for
a second term in office. Marcos He embarked on an ambitious public works program
and maintained his popularity through his first term. His popularity started to
decline after his re-election due to perceived dishonesty in the 1969 campaign,
the decline in economic growth, government corruption and the worsening peace
& order. He declared Martial Law in 1972 near the end of his second &
final term in office. Staunch oppositionist, Senator
Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino (later went on self exile to the
Post Martial Law up to the Present Time
21-year dictatorial rule of Marcos with wife Imelda ended in 1986 following a
popular uprising that forced them to exile to
In the1992 elections, Pres. Aquino endorsed
Secretary of Defense Fidel
Ramos as her successor, which Ramos won with a slight margin over his rival,
Miriam Defensor-Santiago. During the Ramos presidency, he advocated
"National Reconciliation" and laid the ground work for the resolution
of the secessionist Muslim rebels in the southern Philippine Island of Mindanao.
The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) led by Nur Misuari, signed a peace
agreement with the government. However a splinter group, The Moro Islamic
Liberation Front (MILF) led by Hashim Salamat continued to fight for an Islamic
state. Ramos worked for the economic stability of the country and the
improvement of the infrastructure facilities like telecommunications, energy and
Ejercito Estrada, a popular actor, succeeded Ramos in 1998 with Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo (daughter of former President Diosdado Macapagal) as his
Vice-President. Estrada's lack of economic & management skills plunged the
economy deeper as unemployment increased and the budget deficit ballooned. In
October 2000, Estrada's close friend Luis "Chavit" Singson accused
Estrada of receiving millions of pesos from "Jueteng", an illegal
numbers game. Soon after, Congress impeached Estrada on grounds of bribery,
graft and corruption, betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the
constitution. His impeachment trial at the Senate was however blocked by his
political allies in the Senate. Shortly after the evidence against Estrada was
blocked at the Senate, thousands of people rallied up at the EDSA Shrine, site
of the People Power Revolution which ousted Marcos in 1986.
In January 2001, the Supreme
Court declared Joseph Estrada unable to rule in view of mass resignations
from his government and declared Vice-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as his
constitutional successor. To this date, Estrada remains detained facing graft
charges before the Sandigan Bayan, the Anti-graft court.
Macapagal-Arroyo, completed the remaining term of Estrada and run for
re-election against Fernando Poe, Jr., another popular actor and a friend of
Estrada in May 2004. Arroyo with her running mate Noli de Castro was eventually
proclaimed the winners of the Presidential & Vice-Presidential elections.
She has been advocating a change from a Presidential form of government to a
Parliamentary form of government.
On the eve of the anniversary of the "People
Power Revolution" on
The next general elections: presidential,
legislative and local elections will be held on
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