University of Hawai'i at Manoa


Clinging to the Presidency:
Can Arroyo Hold On?

by Belinda A. Aquino

This July political turmoil in the Philippines followed allegations of corruption and cheating in the 2004 elections against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Demands for her resignation and impeachment proceedings in the Philippine Congress emerged while supporters proposed a constitutional change to replace the current presidential system to a parliamentary one. Rather than impeachment, this option would cut short Arroyo's legal term, which expires in 2010.

Arroyo has become the second president in five years to face impeachment. It is expected that the case may be debated for several months. Can she still govern effectively?

Dr. Belinda Aquino, who was in Manila attending a conference on constitutional reform in early July when "Gloriagate" started will discuss the various forces, factors and issues involved in this latest political crisis in the Philippines. Dr. Aquino was in the Philippines for three weeks and will share her first-hand impressions of the political crisis that still grips the country.

Dr. Aquino is Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii a Manoa, where she is also Director of the Center for Philippine Studies. She is the author of The Politics of Plunder: The Philippines Under Marcos and numerous publications on contemporary Philippine society and politics.

Please join us for a brown bag discussion
September 8, 2005
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
East West Center
Burns Hall Schramm Room (4th floor)
1601 East-West Road

Light refreshments
Free for members; $4 non-members

$3 Parking
Please present this flyer and pay at the parking kiosk on East-West Road. You will be directed to make a U-turn and park on the grass near Burns Hall.

Please RSVP by September 6, 2005
To RSVP or for more information contact PAAC at 944-7784 or at Registration forms may also be faxed to 944-7785.

Sponsored by: Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, East-West Center, Friends of the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii Center for Philippine Studies.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For information, please call the Center for Philippine Studies at 956-6086, fax 956-2682 or email For inquiries, please contact Miss Clemen Montero at 956-6086 or email

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