Estrada mistress linked to mutiny

Police in the Philippines have accused a mistress of ex-President Joseph Estrada of involvement with the failed mutiny in Manila on 27 July.

Laani Enriquez, a former actress who has had three children with Mr Estrada, has been accused of possessing illegal weapons and allowing her apartment to be used by soldiers who took part in the uprising.

A lawyer for Ms Enriquez, Rufus Rodriguez, denied the allegations against her, saying they amounted to "political harassment". The former leader is currently in a military hospital on trial for corruption, and denies any connection with the military uprising.

Police have not directly linked Mr Estrada to the mutiny, although one of his close associates has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Charges were filed against Ramon Cardenas on 29 July, after police said they found weapons and armbands used by the mutineers inside his house.

More than 300 soldiers have also been charged in connection with the mutiny.

So too has opposition senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan, who is now in hiding.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is anxious to get to the bottom of the uprising, which saw hundreds soldiers occupy a shopping complex in Manila for 20 hours, demanding that she step down.

Mrs Arroyo has ordered two independent commissions to investigate the cause of the mutiny.


Bron : BBC News World

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