Burdens of Power

"In his quiet way, he carried a heavy load." That was how West Point's yearbook for the class of 1950 described Graduating Cadet Fidel V. ("Eddie") Ramos. It was a prescient judgment. Since he became Chief of Staff of the armed forces of the Philippines ten months ago, General Ramos has shouldered more than his share of the decision-making burden within President Corazon Aquino's fledgling government.

Last February, Ramos joined with Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile to throw the weight of the armed forces behind Presidential Candidate Aquino; that dramatic endorsement helped topple former President Ferdinand Marcos. As coup rumors swirled...

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