The Third Alternative

"I know there are things there in the Philippines that do not look good to us from the standpoint right now of democratic rights. But what is the alternative? It is a large Communist movement to take over the Philippines . . . I think that we're better off trying to retain our friendship . . . rather than throwing [the Philippine people] to the wolves."

President Reagan's comments on the Philippines during the last presidential debate caused widespread consternation in Manila. An armed Communist insurgency in the Philippines certainly presents a...

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