The Philippines A Muddle-Through Mode

A TIME correspondent who covered Cory Aquino's rise to power returns to find the President hanging on in the face of obstinate problems and persistent criticism

Even on relatively slow news days, the front-page headlines of Manila's 23 daily newspapers scream of worsening terrorism, new coup threats, prolonged power brownouts, mounting protests against U.S. military bases. Last week they were shrieking at a fever pitch. The U.S. Government had discovered that a Peace Corps volunteer working on the island of Negros had been kidnaped in June by communist insurgents; just days earlier, officials in Manila had denied that such Americans were at risk and had lambasted Washington for suspending the Philippines' Peace Corps program. Then came the even more riveting news that a New York court had...