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Fiscal Package for Vegetable Oils

bases in the Philippines on the one hand and on the other the awareness of the tremendous liability that the Marcos regime had become to a scheme for the continuing tenure of these bases. "Strategically", the document said, "continued unhampered access to our bases at Subic and Clark is of prime importance", but this was threatened by the "depressed economy, the weaknesses of the Philippines military and its abuse of civilians, popular fear and resentment of the military, and the government's inability to deliver economic and social development programmes", which contributed to the "continued steady progress" of the Philippine revolutionary movement. The paper underlined that US "assets could be lost if we come to be seen as favouring a continuation of the Marcos regime to the exclusion of other democratic(Sic) Alternatives". It set the aim at preparing "the stage for peaceful and eventual transition to a successor government .. ." The paper also worked out some operational-institutional steps, such as the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) and so on, which were eventually all yoked to the furtherence of the US master plan.

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