The Philippines One Step Back, One Step Forward

An arrest scuttles peace talks, but Congress delivers the goods

Just one week after her return from a triumphant nine-day tour of the U.S., Philippine President Corazon (Cory) Aquino seemed about to hit another home run. This time her government was close to signing a 30-day cease-fire agreement with the Communist guerrillas of the New People's Army. But then events took an unexpected turn. At 8:45 p.m. last Monday, Philippine security officers seized Rodolfo Salas, a top N.P.A. commander, outside a hospital in Manila. The military hailed the arrest, which ended a 13-year hunt for Salas, as its biggest catch in almost a decade. Lawyers for the rebels had a quick...

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