THE PHILIPPINES: The Mayor Returns

Like a "dope in shining armor" (his own description), a young man with a broken nose and a pair of dark glasses bounded into Manila's City Hall and plumped himself down at the mayor's desk. The broken nose, a football injury, belonged to Arsenio H. Lacson, 40, the ribald, rambunctious reformer whom Manilans chose as their first elected mayor in 1951. Lacson was back at his desk last week after 73 days' suspension from office by Filipino President Elpidio Quirino.

A self-styled Don Quixote who trod on Quirino's toes by pushing his investigations of municipal graft embarrassingly close to the presidential...

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