Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo talks to Al Jazeera's
Veronica Pedrosa

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has led the Philippines since taking over from Joseph Ejercito-Estrada, the former president who was ousted after a people's revolution in 2001.

Since then, the daughter of Diosdado Macapagal, a former president of the Philippines, and classmate of former US president Bill Clinton has found out how hard it is to hold on to power.

There have been impeachment proceedings, wire-tapping scandals, allegations of corruption against her family and the list goes on.

According to local surveys she is now the most unpopular president the country has ever had.

There were reports of massive cheating in 2004 elections and people have come forward saying they were involved in the election rigging.

Her close ties with the US have also led to discontent in the Philippines.

In this episode of Talk to Jazeera with Al Jazeera's Veronica Pedrosa, the president of the Philippines defends her record on human rights and says she is very aware of the challenges facing her government.

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This episode of Talk to Jazeera aired from 29 January 2007


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