The Philippines: An Uncertain New Era

With Aquino dead, the chances for post-Marcos stability grow dim

The journey had begun in the hope of political reconciliation. It ended in a puddle of blood on the tarmac at Manila International Airport.

Yet there was nothing quixotic in the final odyssey of Philippine Opposition Leader Benigno ("Ninoy") Aquino Jr. He may even have known that his murder (if such were to be his fate) would galvanize his countrymen. And so it did. Hour after hour, for three long days last week, the mourners, eventually 300,000 in all, filed past his glass-covered coffin...

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