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Philippine constitution changes nixed

The Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out a petition to change the Philippine constitution, dealing a blow to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s effort to overhaul the Southeast Asian nation’s legislature, officials said. Arroyo wants a single-chamber legislature, saying the current U.S.-style bicameral system makes the government inefficient at addressing poverty. Opponents say Arroyo and her allies aim to consolidate power by abolishing the opposition-dominated Senate. Full Story

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