THE PHILIPPINES: Powder Keg of the Pacific

Corruption and army abuses breed resentment against martial law

In Negros Occidental province of the southern Philippines, children with flowers carried a small white coffin along a country road leading through sugar-cane fields. The casket contained the body of Juan Latorgo. His grieving mother, Estrellita Latorgo, 21, says that she took her son first to the local hospital and then to a witch doctor. Neither could arrest the symptoms of malnutrition that killed Juan, at the age of seven months.

In Zamboanga City, a building contractor complains that the illicit kickbacks he is...

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