Friday, February 15, 2008

Filipino Military On "Red Alert" Ahead Of Anti-Government Rallies

Manila, Philippines (AHN) - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been placed on full alert on Wednesday in preparation for protest rallies against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

An anti-Arroyo rally is scheduled for Friday February, 15 at the Makati business district in Ayala. According to intelligence reports received by the National Capital Region Command, the protest will draw leftist militants, opposition groups and members of the civil society.

However, the AFP fears members of the rebel group Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) might infiltrate the protest, turning a peaceful demonstration into a violent exchange.

The street demonstration comes on the heels of explosive testimony by ex-government consultant Rodolfo Noel 'Jun' Lozada, Jr.

Lozada claimed kickbacks and other corruption was the reason a $329 million project with China's ZTE Corp. ran over budget. Lozada also directly implicated former Election Chairman Benjamin Abalos and First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo in the scandal.

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