Newly inaugurated Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has delivered a blunt warning that she will stamp out any attempt to destabilise her government.
In a national television broadcast, Mrs Arroyo
told her opponents - believed to supporters of her ousted predecessor Joseph Estrada: "I shall crush you."
Should you... persist in your evil designs, you can try but you will fail
She also said, in the same broadcast, that she had withdrawn the controversial appointment of her national security advisor, General Lisandro Abadia.
Mrs Arroyo offered what she called "the enemies of the state" the opportunity of peace and reconciliation.
Arroyo has secured support from armed forces chief General Reyes
But she warned: "Should you, however, persist in your evil designs, you can try but you will fail. You cannot win against the people."
"I am warning you, think it over," she said.
Persistent coup rumours have swept the country since Mrs Arroyo was sworn in on 20 Janauary, following a popular uprising in which Mr Estrada was deposed.
I am not a happy warrior but if forced, I have a sworn duty to protect and defend the constitution
On Monday, Estrada supporters petitioned the Supreme Court to clarify the legality of his replacement - a move which could lead to a legal challenge to Mrs Arroyo's authority.
Mrs Arroyo has heeded criticism over the appointment of two cabinet nominees accused of corruption - General Abadia and Leandro Mendoza, her preferred national police chief.
She said that, although she still had confidence in General Abadia, she would not now appoint him.
Orlando Mercado resigned last week
She also ordered a government investigation into Mr Mendoza, who has been accused of having links with illegal gambling and kidnapping syndicates.
The controversy over the two cabinet nominees has marred Mrs Arroyo's first week in office.
Her defence minister, Orlando Mercado, had already submitted his resignation over General Abadia's appointment.
The affair has threatened to sidetrack the government from more pressing issues,
including the budget deficit, predicted to soar to $4bn this year.
General Abadia's appointment was attacked over allegations that he misused military pension funds.
And a private anti-crime group says Mr Mendoza was suspiciously soft on some criminals during his time as a police chief.
Former president Estrada was embroiled in a corruption scandal
Mrs Arroyo had pledged to take a strong stand on corruption.
At the swearing-in of half her cabinet last Friday, she ordered members to adopt a simple lifestyle following the downfall of her predecessor in a massive corruption scandal.
She also ordered members to sign a code of conduct that included showing "respect for others", living simply and focusing on the poor.