Philippines lifts state of rebellion

Philippines President Gloria Arroyo has lifted the "State of Rebellion" declared after last month's military mutiny.

The ending of the special status, which allowed arrest without a warrant, came as the government said it had contained the conspiracy behind the 27 July incident.

"The threat has abated... I'm lifting the state of rebellion," President Arroyo said.

Shortly afterwards, Lieutenant General Rodolfo Garcia, vice chief of staff of the military, gave further details of the mutiny, which the government says was part of a wider attempt to depose Mrs Arroyo and seize power.

President Arroyo announced her decision during a ceremony attended by soldiers at the presidential palace, drawing loud applause.

"The president has said that the residual threat has waned and our security group has assessed that the state of rebellion could already be lifted," presidential spokesman Ignacio Bunye said.

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

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

Last week police accused a mistress of ex-President Joseph Estrada of involvement with the failed mutiny.

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

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

12/08/2003

Bron : BBC News World

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