Arroyo declared a state of emergency [Proclamation 1017 text; JURIST report] after discovering the coup plot in February, which was in place for a week until officials determined the threat had subsided. A court in Manila has dismissed charges against over 40 former lawmakers, military officials and rebel leaders implicated in the alleged conspiracy [JURIST report], though Gonzalez said that prosecutors plan to either appeal the court's decision or file new charges. AP has more.
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