The Philippines When the Cheering Stopped

A coup attempt behind her, Aquino tries to regain momentum

Escorted by a 13-vehicle motorcade of the presidential security guard, Corazon Aquino made her way through Manila's rain-slicked streets into suburban Fort Bonifacio. Immediately after she entered its precincts, tanks and heavy artillery sealed off the sprawling headquarters of the Philippine army. Only three days earlier, military rebels had come close to toppling the President. Now, on National Heroes' Day, she was determined to talk tough. Speaking to a television audience from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the fort's Graveyard of Heroes, she excoriated the mutineers as "traitors and murderers." She declared that troops loyal to her had taught...