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    Philippines Introduction - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/philippines/philippines_introduction.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Background The Philippines were ceded by Spain to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. They attained their independence in 1946 after Japanese occupation in World War II. The 21-year rule of Ferdinand MARCOS ended in 1986 when a widespread popular rebellion forced him into exile. In 1992, the US closed its last military bases on the islands. The Philippines has had two electoral presidential transitions since Marcos' removal by "people power." In January 2001, the Supreme Court declared Joseph ESTRADA unable to rule in view of mass resignations from his government and administered the oath of office to Vice President Gloria MACAPAGAL-ARROYO as his constitutional successor. The government continues to struggle with ongoing Muslim insurgencies in the south.

      NOTE: The information regarding Philippines on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Philippines Introduction 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Philippines Introduction 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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