The Philippines: President Corazon Aquino

"Here I Am Only Two Days and You Are Expecting Miracles"

The breathless clip of events in the Philippines last week left President Corazon Aquino with little room for herself, both figuratively and literally. A steady string of tasks, from selecting a Cabinet and ordering up various commissions to greeting diplomats and receiving journalists, crowded her time from the moment the Marcos family fled. Malacanang Palace proved unsuitable to receive the stream of visitors because Marcos loyalists had seeded the grounds with booby traps and looters had laid waste to the living quarters. Aquino was thus forced to continue operating out of the Manila building owned by her family, which, with its...

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