The state of emergency in the Philippines could be lifted in the next few days. President Gloria Arroyo, who is under increasing pressure to scrap the measure, says she wants to bring things back to normal as soon as possible. In a televised address, she said she would review the situation after receiving a full security report from her officials in the next three days.
She accuses left-wingers and what she calls renegade military officers of plotting to depose her. Her administration has carried out a number of arrests of prominent figures. But for Arroyo’s opponents, the state of emergency is merely an excuse to hang on to power.
They have seized on her crackdown on the media as a prime example of what they call her increasing authoritarianism. Protests against Arroyo have been held in the capital, Manila. Emergency rule has raised eyebrows among the international community and rattled foreign investors.