An Interview with Corazon Aquino

Relaxed and confident, the Philippine President assesses her government

On the eve of Philippine President Corazon Aquino's first official visit to the U.S. and a planned meeting with Ronald Reagan at the White House, Manila was rife with rumors that a military coup might take place during her absence. Despite persistent friction within her government between some civilian Cabinet members and Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, who last week warned that he might react "like Rambo" if his colleagues continued their criticism, the President seemed unperturbed. Looking fresh and relaxed, Aquino had just finished giving a group of schoolchildren a tour as she greeted TIME Hong Kong Bureau Chief William...

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