The Philippines: Enrile Is Charged

Enrile Is Charged

After barely surviving an attempted coup in December, President Corazon Aquino promised to take vigorous action against her foes. But with the military renegades who vied to overthrow her safely underground, she has had trouble finding an enemy to get tough with. Last week, however, the President squared off against Juan Ponce Enrile, the lone opposition member of the Senate and a Defense Minister under Ferdinand Marcos. Enrile had been Aquino's nemesis ever since their brief political alliance broke up acrimoniously in November 1986. At that time, soldiers linked to Enrile had reportedly tried to stage a coup against the government.


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