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Philippine President Survives Impeachment Bid


Philippine lawmakers have overwhelmingly defeated the latest impeachment bid against President Gloria Arroyo after a marathon debate session in the House of Representatives.

The lower house of Congress voted 173 to 32 Thursday to reject the motion, which accused Ms. Arroyo of corruption, human rights abuses and voting fraud in the 2004 election.

Lawmakers spent 17 hours debating the impeachment complaint overnight Wednesday.

Ms. Arroyo, who survived an impeachment attempt last year, has seen her popularity decline since taking office in 2001.

The president declared a state of emergency last February, saying former soldiers, communists and political opponents were plotting to overthrow her.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters