THE PHILIPPINES: Lastly! Lastly!

In a vortex of paper plates, pop bottles and fluttering fans, 800 sweating delegates of the Philippines' Nacionalista Party met in Manila Hotel's Fiesta Pavilion one day last week to pick their presidential nominee for next November's election. It was hot and noisy, as a good convention should be. But the suspense did not last long.

Across the sea of white shirts and sun-brown faces floated the name of 45-year-old Ramon Magsaysay (pronounced wag-sigh-sigh), the fast-rising, Huk-fighting phenomenon who resigned as Secretary of Defense and quit President Elpidio Quirino's Liberal Party six...

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