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Arroyo Survives Latest Challenge

An attempt to impeach an ally of the Philippine president is derailed, averting one crisis but leaving politicians and citizens drained. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo survived the latest challenge to her rule Monday as the country’s Supreme Court declared that an attempt to impeach an important political ally was unconstitutional and the leaders of both houses of Congress said they were prepared to accept the decision. “I will abide by the Supreme Court decision,” House Speaker Jose de Venecia told a crowded chamber late Monday. The 13-1 judgment derailed attempts led by Arroyo’s political opponents in the House of Representatives to oust highly respected Chief Justice Hilario Davide on charges that he misused public funds. After sitting through the night, the House just before dawn today beat back an attempt by pro-impeachment members to brush aside the court ruling. Full Story

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