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Philippine Coup Hearings Enthrall Viewers

Filipinos love a good soap opera, and the almost-daily hearings on live TV and radio into a failed coup are giving them one, with a handsome mutineer, conspiracy theories and tales of corruption and revenge. The hearings — held by the Senate, the House of Representatives and an independent commission — into the July 27 coup attempt by rebellious troops have been filled with twists and political intrigues reminiscent of the impeachment trial of former President Joseph Estrada. “Watching things like this has become a habit for us Filipinos. It’s just like a tele-drama, it’s exciting,” said Winly Beato, a 25-year-old hair salon cashier. “I watch to find out what will be the ending,” said Beato, who believes the allegations of military corruption raised by the soldiers involved in the coup attempt. The mutineers have alleged that top Philippine officials, with the approval of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, engaged in a plot called Operation Greenbase, which included bombings to justify martial law and keep Arroyo in power. Full Story

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