Estrada, not People Power II, Weakened Democracy in the Philippines

Working and discussion papers
January 2001
Julius Court

Many people in the Philippines breathed a sigh of relief as Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was sworn in as the new President a month ago. They had had enough of Estrada’s corruption, cronyism and incompetence. After the collapse of the impeachment hearings, they took to the streets and swept Estrada out in another showing of people power.

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