World Notes: Jan. 27, 1986

THE PHILIPPINES Under the Weather

For years there have been whispers that President Ferdinand Marcos is suffering from a degenerative kidney disease that requires him to undergo regular dialysis. Although Marcos, 68, has put in some taxing days on the stump, his campaigning for the Feb. 7 election, in which he is being challenged by Corazon Aquino, 52, has revived the rumors about his health. He has canceled a number of public appearances, blaming "unpredictable weather." Then on Friday, before a speech in Pangasinan province, Marcos' left hand began to bleed, and he had to be treated onstage by a doctor...

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