The Philippines The Joker Was Not Laughing

Bowing to pressure, Aquino reshuffles her Cabinet

Seated in the mahogany-paneled state dining room at Malacanang Palace, members of President Corazon Aquino's Cabinet stared at the blank sheets of paper that had been placed before them. "Of course, you all know what this meeting is about," said the President. Most did not, though they may have had a sense of deja vu once she began explaining. Aquino reminded them that ten months earlier she had asked the Cabinet to resign in the turmoil following an + alleged coup plot. Now, in the wake of the most serious coup attempt yet, it was time for another reshuffle. Complying with...