THE PHILIPPINES: Anomalies

Filipinos have a euphemism which they apply these days to corrupt practices, whether of the minor variety, as in the recent stuffing of a beauty-contest ballot box, or of the grand public crookedness which too often prevails in the islands. The word is "anomalies." It first began to be used after the war, to refer to deals in surplus war stocks. The government has even set up a special "anomalies tribunal" to try offenders. What the plain people would rather have is government free of anomalies.

Although the next presidential election is eleven months away, Filipinos have already begun to...

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