The Philippines Soldier Power

Relying on U.S. assistance to battle the worst threat yet to her government, Corazon Aquino clings precariously to her post

The rumor mill had already established the date and time of the coming coup: Dec. 1 at 3 a.m. But Manila was used to rumors. And since the failure of the last big putsch, in August 1987, most of the talk had led nowhere, good only for a stir in the stock market or titillation among armchair plotters in the capital's gossipy coffee shops. At 10 p.m. on Nov. 30, the speculation was scotched as the government announced the arrest of three members of an elite military division who had attempted to sabotage a provincial communications station south of Manila. For...

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