Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was named "most Outstanding Senator" by a number of different groups, filed over 400 Senate bills and resolutions and was named one of Asia's most powerful women by Asia Week. Ms. Arroyo was the 14th President of the Philippines. She served from January 20, 2001, to June 30, 2010.
Gloria Arroyo first entered the Philippine government in 1987 as the assistant secretary and undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry. She served as a Senator from 1992 until 1998, when she was elected as Vice President serving under President Joseph Estrada. She gained the Presidency when Estrada was forced from office after being accused of corruption. After her Presidency, she was elected to the House of Representatives. In October of 2012, she was arrested for the misuse of over $8 million in lottery funds.
During her political career, Gloria Arroyo compiled an impressive list of accomplishments:
- She won the Vice Presidency with the most number of votes in Philippine history, at 12.7 million. The votes were more than twice that of her closest rival.
- She was the author or co-author of over 50 bills that were signed into law. The laws became the basis of the economic program of President Ramos.
- The Catholic Education Association of the Philippines named her Woman of the Year.
- In a survey of incumbent Senators, she was ranked number one on her performance and awareness.
- She was the first female Vice President and the second female President of the Philippines.