THE PHILIPPINES: Smiles in the Barrios

THE PHILIPPINES

Smiles in the Barrios

Politics in the Philippines is simple these days: almost everybody likes President Ramon Magsaysay. But the Filipinos also like politics. Last week the 1957 presidential campaign was launched in the usual way—with a sudden splurge of innuendos and charges of dark intrigues and double-dealing. Magsaysay's chief rival is Senator Claro Recto, a member of his own party and one of the men who first induced Magsaysay to run for President in 1952. An adroit lawyer but a disappointed politician, Recto accused Magsaysay of signing a secret...

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