THE PHILIPPINES: Message from Garcia

Abed with a back ailment last autumn, President Carlos Garcia had ample time to ponder the stunning election defeats his Nationalist a Party candidates had suffered in the major cities. By all accounts, a major crisis of conscience occurred, for the more sophisticated city voters (whose votes cannot as easily be bought as in the rural barrios) were protesting the Garcia government's record of influence-peddling, nepotism and mismanagement. "Will my grandchildren think I was a good President?" Garcia asked an aide. Manila cynics suggested that another question was running through his mind: Will the voters think so at the...

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