May 1, 1990 |
This sprawling capital boasts 34 newspapers, and on any given day recently, most have featured Imelda Marcos' remarkable rags-to-stolen-riches trial and tribulation on their front pages. Day after day, too, Manila's columnists and cartoonists have focused on the federal trial in New York City of the former first lady of the Philippines, charged with looting her country of $168 million through racketeering, embezzlement, bribery and extortion.
October 14, 1987 |
The Philippine newspaper that accused President Corazon Aquino of hiding under her bed during the latest coup attempt wilted Tuesday under a presidential counterattack. The Philippine Star devoted much of its front page to an apology and ran a cartoon of itself waving an olive branch and declaring, "We're sorry Mrs. President." Writer Luis D. Beltran devoted his entire column to explaining that he had not meant to call Aquino a coward.
January 13, 1987
The Philippine government announced the closure of an opposition newspaper but said it is not reneging on a promise of a free press. Critics said the move constituted censorship. The Presidential Commission on Good Government, citing a drain on the treasury, said that the Daily Express, regarded as a mouthpiece of ousted President Ferdinand E. Marcos during the martial-law years of the 1970s, will be closed Jan. 31.