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Philippine President Aquino seeks to quash rumours of military coup

Published on Jul 30, 2014 9:17 PM
 
Philippine President Benigno Aquino addresses the nation in a live broadcast at the presidential Malacanang Palace in Manila, July 14, 2014. Mr Aquino sought on Wednesday to quash rumours that a coup is being plotted against him, with his spokesman insisting he had the military's full support. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (AFP) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino sought on Wednesday to quash rumours that a coup is being plotted against him, with his spokesman insisting he had the military's full support.

A senator-ally of Mr Aquino alleged earlier this week that retired military officials were trying to recruit troops to destabilise the government, but Aquino spokesman Edwin Lacierda downplayed the warning.

"There are no reports of restiveness among the rank and file," Mr Lacierda told reporters.

The Philippines has one of Asia's most vibrant democracies but the military has a long history of interfering in the political process. It backed dictator Ferdinand Marcos until a people power revolution ended his reign in 1986 that installed Aquino's late mother, Corazon Aquino, as president.

 
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