ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SOUTH-EAST ASIA- Philippines Chance to Get Moving

SOUTH-EAST ASIA Philippines' Chance to Get Moving T J S George NOW that the hurly-burly of Philippines' shotgun elections is dissipating (it isn't over yet!), it is becoming clear that the country at last has a chance to get on to a de-politicalise d plateau and get moving. All comments on the elections start with the point that Ferdinand Marcos has become the first president in Philippines" history to be elected to a second term, but the more important point is that he cannot be elected to a third. This means that for the first time Philippines has a president with no overriding need to placate the electorate. Marcos has four clear years during which to push policies which, even if they do not promise to win votes for him, are good for his country.

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