THE PHILIPPINES: The Split Is Open

For two years, no opposition critic has given popular President Ramon Magsaysay so much trouble as one outspoken member of his own Nacionalista Party. Wealthy old (65) Senator Claro Recto is an adroit corporation lawyer and the party's most vociferous voice in the Senate. Back in 1953, when the party badly needed a popular presidential candidate, Senator Recto had a major voice in the decision to reach into the Liberal Party and tap able young Ramon Magsaysay, then busy hunting down the Communist Huks as Defense Minister in the Quirino government. Ever...

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