THE PHILIPPINES: Bad News for Garcia

In the two years since free-spending Carlos Garcia stepped into the man-sized shoes of Philippine National Hero Ramon Magsaysay, he has used the office of the presidency to entrench himself and his Nacionalista Party. But despite enormous expenditures, Garcia failed to poll as many votes in 1957 in retaining the presidency as did Liberal Party Leader Diosdado Macapagal, 48, an old friend of Magsaysay, in winning the vice-presidency. Miffed, Carlos Garcia barred Vice President Macapagal from Cabinet meetings and isolated him from the government.

As the Philippines' economic woes have grown, Macapagal...

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