The Wrong Guys?

Terrorism has hit the Philippines hard in the last couple of weeks—including five bombings that killed 13 and a grenade attack Oct. 17 in Manila's financial district—and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has responded with a show of political testosterone intended to impress her APEC summit partners this week in Los Cabos, Mexico. She backed a controversial plan for a national ID card that will help keep tabs on bad guys. Her government also announced the deployment of 500 "secret marshals," plainclothes cops who will scour the nation looking for hoodlums. Arroyo's crackdown contrasted nicely with the foot-dragging of Indonesian President Megawati...

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