Back to the Streets

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Mobs lay siege to Philippine President Gloria Arroyo's rambling palace

Revolution philippine-style is a two-step affair. First, you stop traffic in Manila by drawing a large crowd on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, or EDSA, one of the city's main thoroughfares. Next, you recruit a couple of ambitious generals who can enlist the troops and scramble the jets. That's the way two Philippine Presidents were overthrown: kleptocrat Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 and party-loving, mah-jongg crazy Joseph Estrada last January.

Last week, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the beneficiary of January's people's coup, herself almost fell victim to the fickle mob. For days, crowds jammed EDSA, swelling to 400,000, many of...

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