Oops, We Did It Again

I was at the first people power revolution in 1986, and it was truly glorious. The Filipinos who massed on Epifanio de los Santos Ave, or EDSA, were genuinely brave, far more than the crowds gathered last week on the same highway. Ferdinand Marcos was a tough character, and he had a military machine behind him. Who would have thought a group of nuns could vanquish him?

It was a gentle, inspiring revolution — but it has developed into a bad Philippine habit. Four months after Marcos fled the Philippines, a former political ally declared himself head of state and,...

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