THE PHILIPPINES: The Die Is Cast

With each new success, new troubles also came to Huk-fighting Defense Secretary Ramon Magsaysay of the Philippines. As his stock rose with the plain people all over the islands, it fell with his boss, President Elpidio Quirino, and Liberal Party politicians around Quirino—who want to stay in power after next November's elections—openly intrigued against Magsaysay. When Filipinos began talking seriously of Magsaysay as a reform presidential candidate, the Defense Secretary began even to fear for his life.

Last week Magsaysay abruptly resigned. "I have reached a point where my continuing on the...

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