President Manuel Luis Quezon of the Philippines governs his islands like the shrewd little tango dancer that he is. His jaunty administration has helped to convince many Filipinos that they have nothing to fear from the single-lidded gaze of the Japanese narrowing southward across the Philippines toward Singapore and the East Indies. Last week the Philippines looked and sounded like anything but a great tension point of the Far East. The defense budget had been sliced in half. Government money was being poured out for beautification. Manila's boulevards were shining with the façades of new public buildings and loud...

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