Filipino justice chief says time to lift emergency
MANILA, Mar 2 (Reuters) Philippines Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said on Thursday that conditions were right to lift a state of emergency but the decision would have to be made by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
''The trajectory is towards recommendation since the situation is favourable already,'' Gonzalez told a news conference.
Gonzalez's positive assessment, reversing his judgment of just a day earlier, echoed the opinion expressed by the national police chief and defence secretary that the security situation had improved since the discovery of a coup plot last Friday.
Arroyo is waiting for a report from the trio within the next two day before making a decision on lifting the emergency order.
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