The Philippines: Bungled Coup, Foiled Return

Bungled Coup, Foiled Return More troubles for Aquino

As coup attempts go, last week's bungled takeover in Manila was a pretty tame affair. Few were hurt, and only one rebel soldier was killed. Despite some rock throwing and a few blasts of tear gas, the 61-hour drama often seemed more like a soap opera than a mutiny. Still, President Corazon Aquino did not need even a small rebellion on the eve of a critical vote on her proposed new constitution. She could not be happy that, for the second time in two months, she had to be rescued by her divided military. Nor could she be sanguine about a...

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