The Wrong Guys?

Terrorism has hit the Philippines hard in the last couple of weeksóincluding five bombings that killed 13 and a grenade attack Oct. 17 in Manila's financial districtóand 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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!