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SLUG: 2-306352 Philippine / Mutiny
DATE:
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DATE=08/11/03

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=PHILIPPINES/MUTINY (S/L)

NUMBER=2-306352

BYLINE=HEDA BAYRON

DATELINE=HONG KONG

CONTENT=

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INTRO: The Philippine government has lifted a state of rebellion two weeks after a military mutiny. V-O-A's Heda Bayron reports from our Asia News Center in Hong Kong.

TEXT: President Gloria Arroyo made a special appearance at a ceremony honoring the country's top soldiers to announce the end of a state of rebellion.

/// ARROYO ACT ///

The threat has abated . I am hereby lifting the state of rebellion.

/// END ACT ///

Under a state of rebellion, the police can make arrests without warrants.

Ms. Arroyo declared the state of rebellion on July 27th, when some three hundred young soldiers seized a Manila commercial complex. They demanded that the president and senior defense officials resign, accusing them of corruption.

The soldiers surrendered after a 19-hour standoff. All of those involved have been charged of rebellion.

Military officials say had the mutiny succeeded, the group would have installed a 15-man junta to replace Ms. Arroyo's government.

/// REST OPT FOR LONG ///

According to evidence seized from the rebel soldiers, opposition senator, Gregorio Honasan - a former military colonel who led previous rebellions in the late 1980s - would have been appointed leader of the junta.

Rebellion charges have been filed against Mr. Honasan, as well as several people linked to former president Joseph Estrada - who was ousted in 2001 in favor of Ms. Arroyo.

Mr. Honasan denied involvement in the mutiny and has gone into hiding. (Signed)

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