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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Arroyo Launches Mutiny Probe

MANILA, Philippines -- A day after facing down a dramatic military mutiny that shook her presidency, Gloria Arroyo on Monday won a standing ovation from the nation's Congress by ordering an independent probe into the causes of the uprising by junior officers.

Hours earlier, police arrested a key supporter of Joseph Estrada, the disgraced former president Arroyo replaced after his ouster by popular protest in 2001. They alleged that several Estrada cronies aided and fomented Sunday's rebellion that ended without bloodshed after a 19-hour standoff in Manila's financial district.

Arroyo, who many regard as Estrada's nemesis, used her state of the nation address to reassure the country that she remains in control.

The force of her words immediately fueled speculation that she might reverse an earlier promise not to stand in next year's presidential election.

She continued the tough talk with a plan to reform the police force, branded as corrupt and inept following the July 14 escape of three terror suspects thought to have bribed their way out of the main police headquarters.

Police officials announced earlier Monday they were using emergency powers granted by Arroyo to detain some of Estrada's associates suspected in the mutiny case.

The first to be nabbed was Ramon Cardenas, a member of Estrada's Cabinet. Officers said he owned a "safe house" for the rebel troops -- stacked with assault rifles, ammunition and the same red armbands used by the soldiers who seized an apartment and ritzy shopping complex in downtown Manila.