MANILA, SEPT. 12 -- About 1,500 backers of Philippine President Corazon Aquino marched through central Manila today to demonstrate their continued support for her two weeks after she put down the fifth attempt to overthrow her government by coup .
Members of the "Coalition for Peace" held lighted candles, prayed and sang religious and patriotic songs in what they called a procession for peace and democracy.
"The threat to Philippine democracy has not ended with the rout of the last military mutiny," a spokesman for the group told reporters. "Fascist forces remain poised to seize power."
In the latest coup attempt, on Aug. 28, hundreds of rebel troops attacked the presidential palace and seized several military camps.
Soldiers loyal to Aquino put down the revolt 17 hours after it began.
Members of the Coalition for Peace, mostly from the so-called "cause-oriented groups" that supported Aquino's candidacy against Ferdinand Marcos in the 1986 presidential election, said they would oppose the rise of the military.
"The movement aims to defend the duly constituted civilian authority against any attempt, overt or covert, at establishing military dominance," the organizers said in a statement.
All 26 members of Aquino's Cabinet resigned Wednesday.
She has delayed naming a new Cabinet and said: "Ever sensitive of the public's concern, I have come to realize that the ideal Cabinet is a Cabinet that can work as a team."
Aquino did not say when she would announce her new Cabinet, adding: "I have decided to forgo my earlier plan about announcing my Cabinet changes in stages."
The presidential palace said in a statement that more than 20 directors in the civil service had also quit to allow Aquino to make a top-to-bottom overhaul of the government.
At Camp Aguinaldo, which was held by rebel troops for several hours and was the scene of fierce battles during the latest coup attempt, a senior military officer said Aquino might consider a proposal to pardon the revolt's leader, Lt. Col. Gregorio (Gringo) Honasan, because of a growing clamor to forgive him.
Maj. Gen. Eduardo Ermita, deputy chief of the armed forces, told reporters the government and military officials might discuss a pardon for Honasan because many in the military supported his cause.