THE PHILIPPINES: Bitter Battle over Bases

Filipinos increasingly resent U.S. military presence

The fiery chairwoman of the 7 million-member Kabataang Barangay (Youth Council) held her audience spellbound as she denounced the U.S. "Step up the drumbeat!" she exhorted her youthful followers at the council's convention in Laguna province this month. Calling for total war against foreign intervention, she demanded the dismantling of the huge U.S. military bases in the Philippines.

A Maoist from Manila? A leftist from rebel-torn Luzon? No, the angry orator was Maria Imelda (Imee) Marcos, 22, elder daughter of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Imee's outbursts coincided...

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