In the midst of a standoff

A standoff between the Arroyo administration and disgruntled marine officers ended five hours after it began. The potential threat to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s leadership ended peacefully after the marine officers agreed to end the 5-hour standoff that began when their commander was relieved of his duties.

Former President Corazon Aquino, center, showed up outside the Philippine Marine headquarters where the standoff happened. She talked with police and others, disregarding threats to her safety.

Marine officers backed down when their appeal for people to defy a ban on rallies and turn out to protect them “from aggression” drew only about 3,000-4,000 opposition figures, leftist leaders, and their followers. (AP photo)