May 19, 1998 |
Yesterday at 8:30 a.m., I got a call from Jakarta, Indonesia. Amien Rais, the courageous head of the democratic opposition movement that is trying to topple the aging authoritarian, President Suharto, was on the line, and he sounded jubilant. "Five leaders of parliament have decided to ask Mr. Suharto to resign," he told me hurriedly. These leaders were to meet today, he went on, to discuss convening a special session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), which has the constitutional power to name a new president.
April 22, 2003
ON A DAY when citizens were getting brutally mugged in Northern Liberties, you had a big picture of Allen Iverson on the front page. Keep sports on the back page and put the problems of the people of Philly back on the front page. The PEOPLE PAPER should serve the PEOPLE. Jim Hart, Philadelphia
March 3, 1986 |
Philippine President Corazon Aquino, in her first major public appearance since taking office, urged about 1 million supporters at an outdoor rally yesterday to turn "people power" into a more permanent structure to shape the nation's future. Aquino, who took office Tuesday just hours before deposed President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the country, also read a proclamation restoring the writ of habeas corpus. That action ends the government's power to jail people indefinitely without formal charge, a policy Marcos had used to quash dissent.
March 16, 1986 |
All last week, vendors squeezed through the nearly impenetrable crowds at Malacanang Palace, hawking fried bananas, half-ripe mangoes smeared with fish paste, roasted peanuts and pumpkin seeds, coconut, pineapple and calamansi juice, egg rolls and even corn on the cob stored in huge tin tubs, steaming and moist inside soggy husks. Others pushed political souvenirs in Aquino yellow, T-shirts proclaiming: "I Stood as a Human Barricade," "Proud to Be a Filipino," "People Power," and one thousand things in the native Tagalog.
May 10, 1992 |
Six years ago, millions of Filipinos took to the streets, toppled a dictator and electrified the world. They called it "people power. " It was hard to resist. Monday, millions of Filipinos will take to the polls in an exercise of power that should, in many ways, have just as much appeal - casting ballots in this country's first full-fledged presidential election in 23 years. Sadly enough, it doesn't even come close. Whatever sense of hope was produced in those heady days of 1986 has long since been buried in six years of missed opportunity.
August 30, 1989 |
A people's prosecutor has been appointed in Chestnut Hill. L. George Parry, 44, a boyish-looking private attorney with a background as a government prosecutor, has been asked to fill that purely informal post by the local civic association, in an effort to prevent the further spread of crime in one of the city's most exclusive neighborhoods. "Basically, we want to let criminals know, if you come into Chestnut Hill, these people are going to reduce you to rubble," Parry said.
February 17, 2001 |
Sen. Richard Lugar (R., Ind.), former Secretary of State George Shultz and others who have made or influenced U.S. foreign policy have criticized the use of "people power" by Filipinos in forcing the ouster of President Joseph Estrada. They have argued that nonviolent resistance should ideally be used against dictators, not against democratically elected rulers, and that constitutional means should be exhausted before protests get underway. But if African Americans had followed that advice 40 years ago, there would never have been a civil rights revolution in America.
November 24, 1991 |
To know Imelda Marcos is to know she's always wanted to be president. And so it's no surprise, after her breathless arrival Nov. 4 in Manila, to hear that a Mexico City factory has already manufactured thousands of campaign T-shirts, printed with the motto "MA'AM," which is what her underlings call her, and a picture of the deceased - but unburied - President Ferdinand Marcos peering benevolently over his wife's shoulder. Imelda Marcos is as yet an undeclared candidate in the presidential elections set for May. But a candidate she most eagerly is. Nor should it be much more of a surprise - though for now, it's still a scary longshot - if she wins.
May 13, 1998 |
If ever anyone looked like David up against Goliath, it's Indonesian opposition leader Amien Rais. As nationwide student demonstrations mount in size and fury, calling for the ouster of President Suharto, Rais has emerged as the most prominent and courageous Indonesian opposition leader. The slight, intense, humorous head of Muhammadiyah, a moderate Muslim social movement with 25 million members, Rais urged students on Monday to continue their protests and publicly called on Suharto to quit.
June 24, 1992 |
Strangely enough, given all Fidel V. Ramos' years in Philippine public life, as a general under Ferdinand E. Marcos and as defense secretary under President Corazon C. Aquino, the pundits and political analysts in Manila seem highly unsure about just how he will perform as president. Part of their ambivalence surely stems from Ramos' long, ambiguous record: He served loyally for years as perhaps the chief enforcer of martial law under Marcos, yet finally broke with the dictator in 1986 and helped topple him during the so-called "People Power" revolution, which brought Aquino to power.