THE PHILIPPINES: In Search of Normalcy

Outside Manila's Malacañang Palace last week, artificial Christmas trees constructed of wire loops draped with red and white paper streamers overshadowed the surrounding palms. The only signs of the martial law imposed on the country last September were a few added sentries. Inside the palace, a gilded, 20-ft. artificial tree, adorned with mother-of-pearl ornaments, stood in the great chandeliered reception hall. In contrast, the office of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was almost austere. Marcos last week talked with TIME Correspondent Roy Rowan, who sent this report:

Marcos looks tired. The three months of martial law and the assassination attempt on...

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