Philippines cracks down on backers of failed mutiny

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(From Radio Singapore International‘s Interview with Prof. Teodoro)

Philippine police have arrested an aide of deposed former president Joseph Estrada as the government vowed to pursue the political backers of a failed military mutiny and limit the damage to the country’s image and economy.

After extensive negotiations, some 300 rebel troops agreed to abandon the building in the Makati financial district they had wired with explosives and have since returned to their barracks to face justice.

Meanwhile, Ramon Cardenas, a cabinet minister during Estrada’s presidency, was arrested in a raid on his home.

The authorities said the role of opposition Senator Gregorio Honasan in the mutiny was also being investigated.

As for the mutineers’ claims of corruption in the military brass, the Philippine government has said it would investigate this .

Augustine Anthuvan spoke to political commentator Luis Teodoro from the University of Philippines and first asked him about the reasons for the mutiny.

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