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CANBERRA, Australia, May 29 (UPI) -- Australian Police are investigating the country's biggest defense contracting company, Tenix.

Philippine Supreme Court justice impeached

MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Philippine lawmakers are moving ahead with the impeachment of Chief Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona, the Senate majority leader said Tuesday.

Calls for TV coverage of Arroyo trial

MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Politicians are pressing for the vote-rigging trial of former Philippines President Gloria Arroyo be conducted under the glare of television lights.
Doctors: Gloria Arroyo refuses to eat

Doctors: Gloria Arroyo refuses to eat

MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Doctors say former Philippines President Gloria Arroyo, hospitalized and facing election-sabotage charges, is being force-fed to counteract anorexia nervosa.
Gloria Arroyo arrested in hospital

Gloria Arroyo arrested in hospital

MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Former Philippines President Gloria Arroyo was arrested in a hospital Friday on charges of rigging an election, police said.

President Arroyo's press secretary dies

MANILA, Philippines, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Cerge Remonde, press secretary to Philippine President Gloria Arroyo, died Tuesday after he was found unconscious in his home, officials said.

Arroyo lifts martial law in massacre area

MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Philippine President Gloria Arroyo ended martial law Saturday in Maguindanao, the province where 57 people were killed in an ambush in November.

Martial law set in Philippines province

MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Martial law in the Philippines province of Maguindanao was in force Saturday after last month's massacre of 57 people there, officials said.

Marcos and Arroyo running for Congress

MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos and a world boxing champion are joining President Gloria Arroyo in running for seats in Congress.
Arroyo travels to U.S., meeting with Obama

Arroyo travels to U.S., meeting with Obama

MANILA, Philippines, July 29 (UPI) -- Philippine President Gloria Arroyo traveled to the United States Wednesday for a week-long trip, including a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama.
Arroyo coy about re-election bid

Arroyo coy about re-election bid

MANILA, Philippines, July 27 (UPI) -- Philippine President Gloria Arroyo, who hasn't tipped her hand about whether she's seeking re-election, said voters need choices, not just words.
Philippines announces cease-fire

Philippines announces cease-fire

MANILA, Philippines, July 24 (UPI) -- The government of the Philippines announced a unilateral cease-fire Friday in Mindanao in an effort to end a long conflict with Islamic rebels.

31 killed in Philippine clashes

COTABATO CITY, Philippines, March 28 (UPI) -- Clashes between government troops and Islamic militants have left at least 31 people dead in the Philippines, officials said.

Qatar firms to hire 37,000 Filipinos

DOHA, Qatar, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Qatar companies will have jobs for 37,000 Filipinos in the next few years, Philippines President Gloria Arroyo said during a visit to the Middle Eastern nation.

Philippine army deploys tanks in Manila

MANILA, Philippines, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The Philippine army said it has deployed soldiers and tanks throughout Manila Saturday to defend against a possible coup by Islamic militants.
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Gloria Arroyo
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Philippine President Gloria Arroyo in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on July 30, 2009. UPI/Michael Reynolds/Pool

Maria Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (born April 5, 1947) is a Filipino politician who served as the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010, as the 12th Vice President of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001, and is currently a member of the House of Representatives representing the 2nd District of Pampanga. She was the country's second female president (after Corazón Aquino), and the daughter of former President Diosdado Macapagal.

A professor of economics, Arroyo entered government in 1987, serving as assistant secretary and undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry upon the invitation of President Corazón Aquino. After serving as a senator from 1992 to 1998, she was elected to the vice presidency under President Joseph Estrada, despite having run on an opposing ticket. After Estrada was accused of corruption, she resigned her cabinet position as Secretary of Social Welfare and Development and joined the growing opposition to the president, who faced impeachment. Estrada was soon forced from office by the EDSA Revolution of 2001, and Arroyo was sworn into the presidency by Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. on January 20, 2001. She was elected to a full six-year presidential term in the controversial May 2004 Philippine elections, and was sworn in on June 30, 2004. Following her presidency she was elected to the House of Representatives, making her the second Philippine president - after Jose P. Laurel - to pursue a lower office after their presidency.

She was born as María Gloria Macaraeg Macapagal to politician Diosdado Macapagal and his wife, Evangelina Macaraeg-Macapagal. She is the sister of Dr. Diosdado "Boboy" Macapagal, Jr. & Cielo Macapagal-Salgado. She spent the first years of her life in Lubao, Pampanga with her two older siblings from her father's first marriage. At the age of four, she chose to live with her maternal grandmother in Iligan City. She stayed there for three years, then split her time between Mindanao and Manila until the age of 11. She is fluent in English, Tagalog, Spanish and several other Philippine languages, most importantly, Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Cebuano.

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