The War of the Widows

The phone at the presidential house on Arlegui Street began ringing at 5 a.m. despite a long-standing order that the resident not be awakened except in the event of another coup attempt. For Corazon Aquino, the news that Imelda Marcos had just been acquitted of fraud and racketeering charges in a New York court must have been nearly as distressing. The President's office reacted by tersely reaffirming Aquino's decision "not to allow the return of Mrs. Marcos at the present time." But across the Pacific, a vindicated Marcos told reporters, "I think I should be able to come home now" and...

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