THE PHILIPPINES: Progress Report, Feb. 17, 1947

This story was making the rounds in Manila last week: the U.S. Army, discovering that a pipeline from a hilltop gasoline storage tank was being tapped, started running water through the pipes. Within a few hours every bus, jeep and taxi in Manila had sputtered to a stop.

In his cool, white Malacanan palace, Philippine President Manuel Roxas found that story no joke. Last week, he had been forced to make an extraordinary request of his Congress for a special court to deal exclusively with the graft of public officials.

Businessmen who refused...

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