Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PHILIPPINES Still in Peril

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PHILIPPINES Still in Peril

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Despite rhetoric to the contrary in President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's "state of the nation" address, the Philippines is in deep trouble.

Poverty is widespread, and people are growing increasingly desperate. Crime is endemic. An inept military, unable even to stop small bands of terrorists in the south, watches helplessly as China occupies more and more of the oil-rich Spratly Islands and nearby atolls that Beijing and Manila both claim.

Arroyo's vice president resigned his duties as foreign minister recently, promising to become more vocal in his criticism of her leadership. Sixty-six people were killed in last week's local elections. Among the dead were 16 candi- dates, at least one of whom was beheaded.

Arroyo, who became chief executive when Joseph Estrada was overthrown, is expected to run for a six-year term of her own in the May 2004 elections. The speech Monday, in fact, was quietly billed as a warm-up for her campaign. But, while she said the things that many Filipinos want to hear -- promising to heal the economy and create a classless society, for example -- not everybody was cheering. …

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