The Philippines: Victory for The Non-Candidate


Though it was not a presidential election, the President's political life was at stake. Last week's national polling in the Philippines was held to fill eight of the 24 seats in the Senate, the governorships of 65 provinces and 1,427 town and city halls. The man who campaigned hardest—and had the most to win or lose—was a noncandidate, President Ferdinand Marcos, 50. Marcos chose to make the election a referendum on his two-year record of land reform, public works and school construction, also saw it as an opportunity to win control...

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