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Manila Airport Siege Ends, Stability Fears Linger

A Philippine SWAT team stormed the control tower at Manila airport Saturday, killing a former aviation chief and his police bodyguard to end a siege that revived fears of political instability. Security forces were put on red alert but President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo played down concerns the pre-dawn standoff could be part of an attempt to undermine her government ahead of elections next May. Arroyo vowed Friday to put down any new plots as the government, legislature and judiciary were embroiled in an attempt by opposition lawmakers to impeach Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide. Even if it was an isolated incident over grievances about corruption, the three-hour siege at the nation’s busiest airport will not hearten investors after a mutiny by several hundred soldiers in July and in the midst of the Davide row. Full Story

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