The Philippines: Recriminations and Questions

Marcos' maneuvering puts the opposition to the test

In the ornate state dining hall of MalacaƱnang Palace, the Rev. Jerry Falwell rose to salute President Ferdinand Marcos for standing tall against the specter of Communism, a compliment the right-wing U.S. evangelist had a few weeks earlier bestowed on South Africa's State President P.W. Botha. "Had it not been for the Marcos family," Falwell told an audience that included the First Couple, government supporters and officials, "the chances are that the freedoms you enjoy today would not be here." Falwell later shook his finger at the Reagan Administration for "bellyaching" about the need for financial and military reform in the...

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