THE PHILIPPINES: Life in a New Society

Two months ago Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law on his archipelago nation—to "save the Republic," he said, from leftist insurgents. Marcos quickly shut down most of the country's newspapers and television stations and jailed many of his political opponents. He also moved to halt widespread bureaucratic corruption and initiate long-promised but hopelessly delayed economic reforms, and he talked of creating a "new society" in the Philippines. TIME'S Robert Elson recently visited Manila to assess some of Marcos' changes and the Filipinos'...

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