In the seven weeks since President Ramon Magsaysay, the Philippines' national hero, died in a plane crash (TIME. March 25), no single politico has emerged who seems a worthy successor. But with convention time only two months away and general elections scheduled for November, many a hopeful was whirling about the cities and barrios last week shaking hands, kissing babies and listening to that old siren song, the will of the people.

In most cases their faces were all too familiar. Magsaysay's vice president, Carlos Garcia, who has taken over the presidency, has been...

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