The Philippines: Candidates Under Fire


Politics in the Philippines is as much a battle of bullets as ballots. As they campaign for the countrywide Nov. 14 elections for mayors, provincial governors and one-third of the 24-man Senate, the candidates are packing .45 automatics under their loose-fitting barong tagalog shirts, or are escorted by bodyguards who carry submachine guns. The precautions are sensible—but not always effective. In one two-day period last week, seven political killings took place throughout the archipelago, bringing to 21 the number of reported political murders in recent weeks. Some 50 other persons...

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