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State of Rebellion Ends in Philippines

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Monday lifted the state of rebellion declared after a military mutiny two weeks ago, saying the threat of another coup attempt has eased. The declaration had allowed police to make arrests without warrants. “I’m lifting the state of rebellion,” Arroyo said, adding she has ordered military chief of staff Gen. Narciso Abaya to declassify the coup plot. Arroyo announced the lifting 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. Full Story

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