THE PHILIPPINES: Death in the Plaza Miranda

A crowd of about 4,000 had gathered in the Plaza Miranda, a popular political forum in the heart of downtown Manila's shopping and business district. They had turned out to hear speeches by Liberal Party candidates for Manila's mayoralty and for eight of the country's 24 Senate seats. It was a festive occasion; balloons floated through the evening air and spectators waved fans printed with the candidates' names and slogans. The makeshift stage, built with old kerosene drums and boards, was crammed with Liberal Party officials, the smiling candidates and their wives....

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