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Philippines lodges rebellion charges against 321 mutineers

President Gloria Arroyo has asked state prosecutors to file rebellion charges against 321 junior military officers and men accused of plotting to overthrow her government. The charges are separate from court-martial proceedings launched against the soldiers, who surrendered after mounting a failed mutiny at the financial heart of Manila. “The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) with the help of the (armed forces) is filing charges of coup d’etat in violation of Article 134-a of the Revised Penal Code against 321 offices and men,” NBI chief Reynaldo Wycoco told a congressional inquiry into the coup on Thursday. He said similiar charges were being filed against Ramon Cardenas, an ex-aide to deposed president Joseph Estrada who was arrested at his home on Monday. Full Story

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