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Philippine rebels in Manila hotel arrested

Renegade Philippine soldiers who had holed up in a Manila hotel on Thursday calling for the overthrow of the government surrendered after elite forces battered down the door and fired tear gas into the lobby. Senator Antonio Trillanes, who led a failed mutiny in 2003 against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, was taken away in handcuffs.

Manila gives rebel soldiers deadline to surrender

Philippine police gave around two dozen rebel soldiers until 7am GMT on Thursday to halt their attempted mutiny in a luxury hotel in Manila's financial district. The soldiers, backed by a bishop, a senator and a former vice-president, took over the hotel and called for the overthrow of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Typhoon hits northern Philippines

Typhoon Mitag swirled out to sea on Monday after killing eight people, destroying homes and flooding rice paddies in the northern Philippines. Mitag, a category-one typhoon with winds of 120km/h at its centre, lost strength as it made landfall late on Sunday and did not directly hit the central Bicol region.

Former Philippines president Estrada walks free

Joseph Estrada, the jailed former leader of the Philippines, walked free on Friday as President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo faced criticism for pardoning the playboy movie star. Arroyo set aside her ousted predecessor's life sentence on Thursday, just six weeks after he was convicted on corruption charges.

Filipinos crucify and whip themselves on Good Friday

More than a dozen Filipinos were nailed to crosses and scores more whipped their backs into a bloody pulp on Friday in a gory ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ. The voluntary crucifixions were the most extreme displays of religious devotion in this mainly Catholic country, where millions are praying and fasting ahead of the Easter weekend.

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