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Philippine army warned against 'meddling' as coup rumors swirl


(Reuters) - Philippine soldiers should keep clear of politics, the military's new chief said on Wednesday, as rumors of a possible coup swirled in the capital after the Supreme Court declared President Benigno Aquino's economic stimulus fund illegal.

The 120,000-member armed forces has a history of coups and attempted coups. Last month, rumors sprang up of a plot against the Aquino administration because of the fund scandal.

"We should be reminded that as members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, we should remain professional and non-partisan," military chief Lieutenant-General Pio Gregorio Catapang told troops at an air base in Pampanga province, north of Manila.

"The DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) has become a political issue. We should allow the democratic process to take its course and let the judicial, the executive and legislative branches of government deal with this," he said. "We should not meddle (but) concentrate on our mission."

Aquino, the only son of the country's democracy icon, former president Corazon Aquino, is facing the biggest challenge to his four-year rule after his popularity ratings dropped to the lowest levels last month.

His Disbursement Allocation Program was a 145-billion-peso ($3.34-billion) fund to boost public spending, but some of the money went to allies in Congress in violation of the constitution, the Supreme Court ruled.

Aquino has become politically vulnerable to his opponents who have mobilized street protests ahead of his State of the Nation Address before a joint session of Congress next week.

"You cannot discount the range of possible scenarios in which the plotters would resort to extra-constitutional measures," said Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms, an independent advocacy group.

(Reporting By Manuel Mogato; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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dhsdome July 23 2014 at 8:00 AM

Patriotic Americans will have their own coup at the polls this November and toss the Dems out of the Senate.

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jewel July 23 2014 at 9:03 AM

i would not put anything pass ---obama--- he'a a demon.

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bailey.willie July 23 2014 at 8:30 AM

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW OBAMA, SAME AS BEFOR NOTHING. YOU ARE A WASTE AS A HUMAN BEING. YOU ONLY CARE ABOUT OBAMA. TIME FOR YOU TO GO

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Jay July 23 2014 at 9:42 AM

it seems that all over the world politicians are stupid. Rather than giving the people what they need they carry out their own agenda. I mean really.....when did you last see a politican serve the people without serving themselves first?

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Danny Jay July 23 2014 at 10:22 AM

Stupid? Or Smart? Politicians keep lining their pockets, and people keep re-electing them. Seems the people are the stupid ones.

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rimit9 Jay July 23 2014 at 11:19 AM

why is it governments job to "give " people anything!

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Tom rimit9 July 23 2014 at 5:55 PM

It is NOT Governments job to give people anything. Governments job is taking EVERYTHING from anybody that has anything and, giving the least to others that have even less.

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ayyiyicaramba July 23 2014 at 8:34 AM

Even a well known die-hard Libtard writing for the liberal New York Daily News said:

Lupica: ""GET A SET OF BALLS! Obama's weak response to downed jet shows how detached he's become — he needs to man up and tell Putin there's nowhere to hide""

www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/lupica-president-obama-man-mh17-article-1.1876492

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libsfault ayyiyicaramba July 23 2014 at 6:29 PM

Same name calling against6 Bush and you agreed with it all........Pull your nose out of Obama's rear end dtredav1 ....He's the worst Pres. of all time

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karaokecdgs July 23 2014 at 8:31 AM

SOUNDS JUST LIKE AMERICA

His Disbursement Allocation Program was a 145-billion-peso ($3.34-billion) fund to boost public spending, but some of the money went to allies in Congress in violation of the constitution, the Supreme Court ruled.

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Welcome Justin karaokecdgs July 23 2014 at 12:16 PM

Well, seeing as how Obama's administration has had close ties with the Philippines, it would not surprise me to learn that it had a huge impact on their "stimulus" plan as well; especially since the results seem to be the same.

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jerry July 23 2014 at 9:19 AM

The world is flling apart. The extreme left is trying to make us all into puppets. Wake up AMerica before it is too late.

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brukr2 jerry July 23 2014 at 11:15 AM

The world is filling apart ???? Jerry get a life please and oh ya learn how to spell

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gurusoldier brukr2 July 23 2014 at 11:42 AM

brukr2 - you are full of liberal left wing media propaganda and you obviously haven't looked at any other news source except AOL and the Huffington Post socialist rags. Even NBC news has conceded that the world is unraveling and we have a president who is out of touch with reality. Stop looking at Facebook, reading liberal blogs, watching Youtube edited to push the liberal left agenda and start looking at real news sources because the rest of the world is reporting the facts.

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stevenjonessales jerry July 23 2014 at 2:03 PM

Het numb nuts,

You retardians always scream the world is falling apart when a democrat has to clean up your mess

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hokanut stevenjonessales July 23 2014 at 9:29 PM

17.5 T debt which was doubled in obamas first term but you guys are "cleaning it up" That's great. Good job. Carry on comrade.

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stevebakerguitar July 23 2014 at 9:18 AM

3.34 billion stimulus package to their cronies.... where have I heard this before..... Sounds like a DEM Idea.

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panjo stevebakerguitar July 23 2014 at 9:51 AM

At least we dont kill our youth like Chaney did to fund his corporation!

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momsname17 panjo July 23 2014 at 10:16 AM

sorry for you if you beleive this bull **** what has obamma done except feed his large ego,he cares nothing for you or this country..Obamma is a ball less loser,at least Bush and cheny or men

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Welcome Justin July 23 2014 at 10:58 AM

I wonder if is coincidence, irony, or by design that yet another country Obama has us involved in militarily is expecting another violent revolution ?

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Danny July 23 2014 at 10:01 AM

The politicians in the Philippines must have taken their cue (for illegal actions) from the Obama administration and how they are constantly ignoring the rule of law.

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