Philippine 'coup plotter' seized

A former Philippines senator and army colonel, who was wanted for involvement in a coup plot against President Gloria Arroyo, has been arrested.

Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan was caught in Quezon City, north of the capital Manila, police said.

The alleged plot prompted Mrs Arroyo to declare a state of national emergency.

Mr Honasan has been linked to many other coup attempts in the Philippines since the 1980s, and was indicted for involvement in an army mutiny in 2003.

Philippines television showed police escorting him from hospital in a wheelchair, after he injured a leg while attempting to evade capture.

One report said Mr Honasan had jumped from a moving vehicle.

'Coup guru'

He had gone into hiding shortly after being charged over the alleged coup plot in February.

President Arroyo ordered a week-long state of emergency and offered a $100,000 reward for Mr Honasan.

"His fingerprints are in all the coup attempts. He is the guru," Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez told Associated Press news agency.

But opposition leader Vicente Sotto told the Philippine TV that Mr Honasan - a two-time senator - had played no role in the alleged attempt to topple President Arroyo.

Dozens of people, including soldiers and legislators, have been charged with involvement.

Coup plots are common in the Philippines, after two presidents were removed from office by popular revolt, backed by the military, in 1986 and 2001.

15/11/2006

Bron : BBC News

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