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More soldiers arrested, linked to failed Philippines coup

Dozens more Philippines soldiers have been implicated in a failed uprising against President Gloria Arroyo, including at least seven fugitives who remain a potential threat, an official said. At least 355 soldiers — 108 junior officers and 247 enlisted men — took part in the July 27 siege of Manila’s Makati financial district, nearly double the original estimate, military chief of staff General Narciso Abaya said. Arroyo said an official inquiry into the rebellion was “now in an advanced stage and will soon account for all those involved. The evidence is mounting and is substantial and solid,” she said without elaborating. The president also said she expects to give up emergency powers she assumed to crush the rebellion. This gave her government powers to make arrests without court orders. Full Story

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