Dinner with Coup Plotters

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo blamed "military adventurists" for plotting to overthrow her government last week. But who were those adventurists? What exactly were they up to? TIME got a box seat for the alleged plot: witnessing a meeting last Thursday evening at which plans were hatched for what a ringleader called a "withdrawal of support" from Arroyo, a U.S.-educated economist who was Bill Clinton's classmate at Georgetown University.

The meeting, which stretched into the early-morning hours, took place at the Makito home of Jose Cojuangco, brother of former President Corazon Aquino. While Cojuangco's daughter kept a buffet table piled high with...

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