Philippine Instability

Archive Report

The Islands Under Martial Law

Post-Vietnam Reassessment of Ties to America

As South Vietnam and Cambodia fall, both believers and skeptics of the so-called “domino theory” look with trepidation toward such longtime U.S. allies as Thailand and the Philippines. Thailand's government already has demanded the prompt departure of all American forces from that country. And the Philippine government in mid-April announced that it would reassess its security ties with the United States because of America's “apparent new perception” of its commitments in Southeast Asia.

Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, in an address April 15 at the National Defense College in Manila, said that “Prudence requires any political leader in the area today to look into these matters in view of the debacle in the Indochina areas.” And ...

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