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Marcos on the Philippines

June 17, 1988

How ironic that Marcos comes out with such constructive criticism towards his former subjects. He seems to be soft on those who helped get him ousted through the back door. Perhaps he is after Uncle Sam for some favor?

The nation surely has been plagued with malaise and corruption at the very top of the leadership, including Marcos. The seemingly unstable political situation as painted by those pro-Marcos boys will continue to be unstable in the minds of those opportunists. The present leaders, however, are no longer naive. They have grown up. And if demanding an increase in rents for the U.S. military bases is interpreted as being "a mistaken and vindictive policy," then it is long, long overdue. The present leaders are just being assertive in asking for what is theirs and what is fair. Marcos got too subservient and never considered asking more in a fair exchange for the land being rented because his pockets were already bulging.

J. BING DE LA VEGA SR.

Downey

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