The Philippines Has a Crucial Choice

Can the Philippines put together two successive administrations that are tolerably competent and honest and survive a full term? That is the question confronting the nation as it gears up to elect a successor to President Benigno S. Aquino III next year. It is the central issue as many Filipinos look back in anguish to remember that the productive and pragmatic Ramos administration was followed by the sleaze of the Joseph Estrada era, his overthrow by so-called People Power in 2001 and then the more competent but equally sleazy regime of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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