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The Sound of Silence

Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 2:40 AM

A state of emergency still exists in the Philippines, where president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo maintains her rule under the decree in the wake of an alleged coup attempt this past Friday.

The state of emergency allows for arrests without warrants and detentions without charges.

Charges have been filed against 16 people, including soldiers and four members of Congress, but a state prosecutor would only say that there was 'strong evidence' against them.

I find it interesting that both the American media and the Bush administration have been surprisingly quiet about this item. (In fact, the last occurence of 'Philippines' on the White House website was when Mr. Bush met with Mrs. Arroyo in2003.)

The Ministry has received 1 comment(s) on this topic.

Brin - 2006-02-27 03:24:15
We don't want to voice an opposition to this situation, at least certainly not in a public political arena, lest it comes to that for our own country one of these days.