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Thursday, 7 December, 2000, 17:16 GMT
In pictures: Philippines' political crisis
During December the Philippines was gripped by President Joseph Estrada's corruption trial, which began amid colourful street protests and an ailing economy.

Anti-Estrada rally
Thousands of people oined Manila's daily anti-Estrada rallies to demand that the president resign

Catholic priests at a protest demanding Estrada's resignation on Thursday
All kinds of groups joined the rallies, including Catholic priests, teachers, dentists and artists

Former President Corazon Aquino, Vice-President Gloria Macapagal, (centre), and former speaker  Manuel Villar (right)
Former president Corazon Aquino, (left, making a "laban" or fight sign) joined forces with the opposition

Estrada supporters
But Mr Estrada still has strong support, particularly among the rural poor, who see him as an anti-establishment hero

Panel members (left to right): Feliciano Belmonte, Sergio Apostol, Raul Gonzales
The prosecution panel, made up of opposition members, alleged the president is a thief and a crook

Governor Luis Singson at a Manila rally
It was Governor Luis Singson, a former friend of the president, who first made the allegations of corruption and bribery

Traders in Manila
As the crisis continued, stock traders and investors have seen millions wiped off the value of Philippine markets

President Estrada
Estrada saw this all as a plot by his enemies and believed he would ride it out

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