MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Police arrested a key aide of disgraced former President Joseph Estrada on Monday for his alleged involvement in a mutiny by renegade troops.
Police said Ramon Cardenas, a member of Estrada's Cabinet, owned a house near Manila where officers found assault rifles, ammunition and red arm bands similar to those used by soldiers who seized an apartment and shopping complex in downtown Manila on Sunday.
Cardenas was Estrada's deputy executive secretary during his presidency, which ended in January 2001 when massive street protests toppled him from power over alleged corruption.
Estrada is now standing trial and his lawyers earlier denied he was involved in Sunday's uprising.