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The Election That Never Was

The Election That Never Was G P D BY the time these lines appear in print President Marcos would have so manipulated the counting in the Presidential 'elections' in the Philippines that another term of six years would be a certainty for him. Five years ago Marcos, the President of the unfortunate archacpelago since 1965, organised a referendum confirming enormous powers that he had given himself. The Filipinos in a massive vote, so we were told, had endorsed the accretion to Marcos's power. Nobody was deceived by the show. The only people who took it seriously were President Marcos and his glamorous wife lmelda. In the same year Marcos had a thumping victory in the Presidential poll over an opposition candidate who was no match for him. Soon after the six-year term began in 1981 the troubles of Marcos also began. The constitution had originally provided for a four-year term. Marcos bulldozed the legislature into amending the constitution and making it into a six-year term. This means that Marcos could have continued to be President till well into 1987. The situation started worsening for him much before he had thought or feared it would.

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