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Philippine House Votes for Arroyo

August 24, 2006

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Lawmakers overwhelmingly crushed an impeachment bid against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Thursday.

The House of Representatives, dominated by Arroyo allies, voted to uphold a ruling last week by its justice committee to dismiss the impeachment complaint.

The vote prevented a potentially explosive trial in the Senate, an opposition stronghold, on allegations of vote-rigging, corruption, human rights abuses and violations of the Constitution.

House Speaker Jose de Venecia called the vote a victory for the Philippines, which has been constantly hamstrung by partisan politics since ousting dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 and restoring democracy.

``What we have seen in the Philippines happen time and time again (is) this culture of boom and bust, when you see improvement in the economy but by our own hands we commit suicide and destroy these same gains that we’re trying to achieve,″ he said in a speech.

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