The Philippines Alive But Far From Well

The President reappears to face a sorely afflicted nation

President Ferdinand Marcos strode briskly into the bright lights of the ceremonial hall of Malacanang Palace. Ruddy-faced and holding himself erect, he scanned the faces of the assembled journalists, then turned a politician's smile to the television cameras. Conducting his first press conference since last June, Marcos delivered a peculiarly hopeful reading last week of the state of his nation 18 months after the assassination of Opposition Leader Benigno Aquino Jr. The President also offered reasons for his absence from public view since last November. "I was hit by probably the worst virus anybody could have," he explained, and went on...

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