With a large majority, the parliament approved a constitutional amendment that will concentrate powers in the president and allow duel citizens to hold political office, which could strengthen President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's familial political clout.
The arrest came just days after President John Magufuli ordered officials to take action against "incitement of violence."
Noriega ruled the country from 1983 to 1989. He was serving a sentence for murder when he died. He was at one point a CIA spy whom the US eventually turned on as his drug running and abuses of power soured the relationship.
Opponents of Philippine politician Rodrigo Duterte say coup is likely if he wins presidential elections, warning he could turn into a ‘dictator'.
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