THE PHILIPPINES: Fiorello in Manila

Waving to the crowd, shaking hands, kissing his friends, ebullient Arsenic Lacson, 47, marched bouncily into city hall last week to take the oath of office as mayor of Manila (pop. 2,000,000). He was the first Manila mayor ever elected to a third term. As usual, dark glasses were perched on his broken nose, but, instead of his customary open shirt, Lacson was soberly clad in a blue suit and maroon tie. In a 35-minute speech he promised Manila land-reclamation projects, bigger parks, new farmers' markets and bus terminals. Typically, he could...

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