The Philippines: Anxiety on the Eve of a Cease-Fire

The nation gets ready for a truce with the Communists

Being the woman President in a country known for the macho style of its politics has been a special burden for Corazon Aquino. One of the most spiteful putdowns she had to endure during her campaign for the presidency early this year was Ferdinand Marcos' contention that a woman's proper place was in the bedroom. Last week she savored some sweet revenge. Speaking before a group of businesswomen in Manila, she referred to the deposed Marcos as the "first male chauvinist to underestimate me," though presumably not the last. Then Mrs. President, as she now likes to be called, added feistily,...

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