The Philippines: Fighting Back

Marcos defeats a challenge

It was just before midnight when, weary from four hours of intense debate, Homobono Adaza, an opposition member in the Batasan, the Filipino national assembly, made an impassioned final speech. "In the ultimate analysis, it is not the Batasan that will render judgment here," he told the members of the assembly's Committee on Justice, Human Rights and Good Government. "It is the people who will render the ultimate judgment, and when that moment comes, we--in the silences of our room--must square ourselves with our conscience." Then Adaza and the seven other defeated opposition members of the committee stood up and walked...

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