Mutineers 'planned to kill Arroyo'
Police in the Philippines are investigating a claim that last weekend’s failed coup attempt included a plot to kill President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Interior Secretary Jose Lina said the reported assassination plot was the subject of an intelligence report which had yet to be validated. Mrs Arroyo’s administration is anxious to get to the bottom of Sunday’s coup attempt, which saw 300 soldiers occupy a shopping complex in Manila for 20 hours, demanding that the president step down. Mrs Arroyo warned on Thursday that the threat against her government was “far from over”, while Armed Forces Chief of Staff Narciso Abaya added that the risk posed by the renegade troops was “still live”. Attempts are continuing to identify the ringleaders of the mutiny. Full Story