The Philippines Putting Politics Back in the Streets

Enrile and Laurel step up the offensive against Aquino

When the cries of "Cory! Cory! Cory!" filled the streets of Manila last February, it seemed that Corazon Aquino could do no wrong. Her shy smile, the staccato rhythm of her speeches and her cheerful yellow dresses inspired hope and goodwill not only in the Philippines but around the world. Last week, however, a different response erupted in the capital's streets, where a crowd of 20,000 demonstrators cried, "Down with Cory!"

More surprising still, the crowd was egged on by none other than Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, the onetime ally and crony of Ferdinand Marcos whose decision to turn on...

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