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Philippines History Timeline

1900s continued

  • (1934) Tydings-McDuffie Law (Philippine Independence Law) approved by U.S.
  • (1986) Aquino's widow, Corazon, ran against Marcos in presidential election; Marcos declared himself winner, Aquino disputed results
  • (1986) Mass protests followed election; military withdrew support of Marcos
  • (1986) Marcos fled to U.S. military presence in the county
  • (1992) President Aquino's defense minister, Fidel Ramos, won presidency
  • (1996) Peace agreement reached with Moro National Liberation Front, a Muslim separatist group; the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) continued with its campaign
  • (1997) Economy damaged by Asian financial crisis
  • (1998) Joseph Estrada elected president
2000s
  • (2000) President Estrada declared "all-out-war" against Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)
  • (2000) Impeachment proceedings began against President Estrada due to allegations of corruption, violation of the Constitution, betraying of public trust
  • (2001) Following suspension of impeachment proceedings, mass street protests took place; military withdrew its support of Estrada
  • (2001) Estrada forced to step down due to public outrage over corruption allegations; Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assumed the office of president
  • (2001) Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) declared cease fire; said it was ready for talks with government
  • (2001) Estrada charged with plundering more than $80 million in state funds while in office; found guilty, jailed for life; won a pardon
  • (2002) U.S. and Filipino military held joint exercises in war on international terrorism
  • (2002) Series of bomb blasts on Manila bus and three locations in Zamboanga City blamed on Islamic militants
  • (2003) Cease fire between MILF and government
  • (2003) Talks between MILF and government were called off after rebel attack in Mindanao killed 30
  • (2003) Over 300 army soldiers seized shopping center in Manila in a mutiny; surrendered peacefully after negotiations
  • (2003) President Arroyo declared state of rebellion
  • (2004) Arroyo won presidential election

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