The Philippines: Sink or Swim?

Sink or Swim?

Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos, 60, has been one of the more discreet members of President Corazon Aquino's fractious Cabinet. Ever since Aquino came to power in February 1986, Ramos has defended her government against a succession of coup attempts. But lately, the popular politician has set Manila abuzz with some calculated innuendos. Talking to the press about his loyalty to the faltering President, he said ambiguously, "I am loyal to the constitution and the presidency. There's nothing personal about it." Ramos cautioned government officials not to use the military as a "tool of the executive branch in the capricious exercise of...

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