The Philippines: A Demand for Heroes

A sullen tropical sun beat down on Manila's Luneta Park, searing the faces of 200,000 Filipinos and a perspiring U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey. It glinted off the wave crests of Manila Bay and turned the green finger of Bataan into a quivering blur. U.S.-built jets of the Philippine Air Force bellowed past at palm-top level as President Ferdinand Marcos rose to deliver his inaugural address. The speech was as scorching as the heat of the day.

"The Filipino has lost his soul and his courage!" cried Marcos. "Our people have come to...

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