Philippines: Election Exit Lines

Election Exit Lines

Coming from a seasoned campaigner with a reputation for masterly verbal pyrotechnics, the words seemed slightly absurd. "God is with us!" President Ferdinand Marcos declared before a crowd of 50,000 in Davao on the southern island of Mindanao. "God knows that to protect the Filipino people, (we) must win!"

With only days to go before this week's presidential election, Marcos did not sound like an indomitable incumbent. Miffed at press reports casting doubt on his wartime record and personal finances, he angrily denounced those "now ! engaged in rumor-mongering and black propaganda." He suggested that the reports emanated from the "dirty...

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