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Five Philippine MPs End Two-Month Stand-Off

Five Philippine legislators accused of plotting a coup against the president have emerged from the Congress building where they took refuge more than two months ago.

Hundreds of supporters cheered the left-wing lawmakers Monday as they walked out of the House of Representatives after a 70-day standoff with the government.

The five hid in the building to avoid being taken into custody for their alleged role in a failed plot in February to overthrow President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

On Thursday, a court dismissed rebellion charges against them on technical grounds.

The government says it does not rule out refiling a case against the lawmakers.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.