The Philippines Giant Step for Democracy

Aquino's candidates score a landslide in congressional elections

President Corazon Aquino's smile was as bright as the sunshine outside when she entered the wood-paneled Cabinet room in Manila's Malacanang Palace. "Had I known this kind of victory was going to be achieved," she jokingly told her ministers, "I would have asked all of you to run." Responding with laughter and applause, the Cabinet congratulated Aquino on what appeared to be an overwhelming victory by her candidates last week in nationwide voting for 24 seats in the Senate and 200 in the House of Representatives.

Although final results were not expected for two weeks, initial projections indicated that Aquino's slate...

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