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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Protests Over Judge's Ouster Cause Crisis in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines -- Hundreds of Filipino soldiers went on standby Tuesday at the main military camp in Manila as a constitutional crisis brewed over attempts to impeach the country's top judge.

Tension has been running high for the past week after a move by opposition lawmakers to oust Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide prompted street protests and fears of conflict between the government, legislature and judiciary.

Davide, who faces a possible Senate trial over accusations he misused public funds, has said the country was at risk from "military adventurism" if the impasse between Congress and the judiciary was not resolved soon.

About 400 police would be brought into the capital as reinforcements from nearby provinces, Enrique Galang of the Philippine National Police said.

Protests over the impeachment are planned this week and are expected to continue until Nov. 10, when the House of Representatives and Senate resume business after a 12-day holiday that is being used to seek a compromise.

With the peso taking a pounding from the latest round of political uncertainty and dozens of bills awaiting approval in Congress, many Filipinos are not impressed with the behavior of some of their politicians.

"They seem determined to sacrifice the whole country in order to achieve their own selfish, evil ends," C.M. Paulin, a doctor living in the United States, wrote in a letter to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper.

"I hope and pray that the present snowballing uproar among the people, stirred up by this perfidious gang of mental pygmies, will translate into their total repudiation at the 2004 polls."