The Philippines: Progress Despite Needles

After six months in office as President of the Philippines. Diosdado Macapagal. 51, has created a double image of himself. At home he is the man-of-the-people who is vigorously reforming his country. Internationally he plays the man-of-the-world who is showing increasing independence from the U.S.

The first image has endured since last November's election campaign against the corrupt Carlos Garcia regime, when Macapagal ran as a tao (common man) who would never forget his humble beginnings. The second was created when the U.S. Congress unexpectedly voted down the long-promised Filipino war claims of $73 million, and Macapagal swiftly canceled a scheduled...

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