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UPDATED: 14:05, March 01, 2006
Philippines to lift state of emergency soon: President Arroyo
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Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Wednesday morning said the state of national emergency would likely be lifted within 72 hours, provided that the threat of coups was contained.

In a televised speech, Arroyo said she would lift the state of emergency "if I am convinced and the officials can assure me that they can control the situation."

The President said she asked the heads of the Department of National Defense, Department of Justice, and the Philippine National Police to submit their assessment of the situation to help her decide.

The timetable of lifting the state of emergency given by the President was almost the same to what government officials said earlier. The Vice President Noli De Castro and other officials said they hoped the emergency to be lifted by Saturday.

Arroyo placed the country under a state of national emergency last Friday following the discovery of an alleged conspiracy among soldiers, opposition politicians, and militant rebels to overthrow her government.

Source: Xinhua

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