Whispers of Change

Dire political predictions are standard fare in the Philippines, which has experienced more than 10 coup attempts and two popular uprisings in the last two decades. But last week, rumblings that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo might be overthrown by a coup or even another People Power revolt reached alarming levels. In a public statement, three Roman Catholic bishops warned the President early last week that "time is running out" and said that if there isn't an immediate revamp of the country's government, "no force on earth can ever stop the coming deluge of change." These exhortations for change echoed a similar...

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