The Philippines There Is Always a Next Time

Battered and baited by mutineers, Aquino gets tough and reaches for People Power. But she may not be able to act on the lessons gleaned from the latest rebellion

In 1983, three years before Corazon Aquino rode a wave of national anger to become President of the Philippines, one of the country's most astute political observers made an eerily prescient assessment. "So she becomes the rallying point," he said. "Immediately, corruption will increase. Everybody will feather his nest. At that point, she will be nudged to the side and be made a scapegoat for the mess. Then the military will take over. They will say, 'Well, we've given you your chance.' But they will have made sure she would fail. They will then throw her to the people, and they...

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