The Philippines A Lady Faces Marcos

Aquino enters the race, but disunity prevails

Chants of "Cory! Cory!" filled the room as Corazon Aquino, 52, spoke into the microphone. "I hereby affirm my candidacy and confirm my willingness if elected to serve our people as President of the Republic of the Philippines." With that declaration, the widow of slain Opposition Leader Benigno ("Ninoy") Aquino Jr.--a career housewife and mother of five who has never before run for office--ended weeks of speculation and confirmed that she would ) oppose President Ferdinand Marcos, 68, in a snap election called for Feb. 7.

Aquino's announcement did not resolve the larger question that loomed in the minds of Filipino...

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