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The Philippine army has sent more than 1,000 troops to a luxury hotel in Manila which has been taken over by dozens of armed renegade soldiers.
Many of the soldiers are accused of a failed mutiny in 2003, and had stormed out of their trial at a nearby court, taking refuge in the Peninsula Hotel.
They want fellow soldiers to withdraw support for President Gloria Arroyo.
The rebels have rejected a police deadline for them to leave, saying they would not be prepared to negotiate.
Troops storm Manila siege hotel
Police and army troops in the Philippines have stormed a luxury hotel in Manila which had been taken over by dozens of armed renegade soldiers.
Troops moved in after an 0700GMT deadline for the rebels to leave the Peninsula Hotel passed.
Gunshots have been heard and tear gas has been fired into the hotel lobby.
The soldiers, accused of a failed mutiny in 2003, occupied the hotel after breaking out of court where they were on trial.
They have called on fellow soldiers to withdraw their support for President Gloria Arroyo.
Manila siege rebels 'surrender'
Military rebels barricaded in a luxury hotel in Manila have said they will surrender, following an assault on the building by Philippine troops.
Rebel leader Navy Lt Antonio Trillanes said they were ending their resistance to save the lives of civilians and journalists still inside the hotel.
Originally posted by Extralien
You only have to walk out onto the streets to see the poor of the region. Leave the main roads and you'll find mud streets with houses cramped together filled with entire families.