THE PHILIPPINES: Victory for Magsaysay

Ramon Magsaysay, the forthright, freewheeling young (47) President of the Philippines, is one of the staunchest friends the U.S. has in Asia. His vast popularity in the country and the immense Philippine good will towards the U.S. is often not reflected in Congress, where shrewd politicians in Magsaysay's own Nacionalista Party often succeed in putting a brake on him. Chief among them is Senator Claro Recto, 65, a brilliant, caustic lawyer who has never forgotten or forgiven the U.S. for his being put in prison at World War II's end by Douglas Mac-Arthur (Recto served as Foreign Minister under...

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