Impeachment charges formally dismissed against Philippine president

[JURIST] Members of the Philippines House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday voted to dismiss [press release] all three impeachment charges against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website; Wikipedia profile], echoing the decision [JURIST report] last week of the House Committee on Justice. Arroyo has faced accusations [JURIST news archive] that she rigged last year's election, condoned human rights violations and was involved in corruption. The legislature, which is dominated by Arroyo supporters, ignored warnings that the dismissal could lead to a "people power" revolt, like the ones that ousted two Philippine presidents in the last two decades. Manila's police chief said the city's 16,000 member police force was on full alert and ready to safeguard law and order. AP has more. Philippine Star has local coverage.

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