The Philippines: A New Show Becomes a Replay

Strong but frustrated, the opposition faces Marcos in parliament

It had been conceived, by the government at least, as an occasion for President Ferdinand Marcos to show his dedication to the democratic process. After nine years of martial law came to an end in 1981, a permanent national assembly was set up to replace the rubber-stamp legislature that had existed since 1978. In May, opposition candidates unexpectedly won 63 of the new assembly's 183 seats in elections that were relatively free of corruption. Last week the assembly held its first session, to...

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