The Philippines: Time of Frictions

Archive Report

Testing Time for Philippine Republic

The philippine republic, after little more than two decades of independence, is facing a time of severe trial. Owing in part to four centuries of foreign domination before the attainment of independence in 1946, the Filipinos have yet to fashion the political institutions and develop the cohesion that might enable them to deal effectively with the nation's internal tribulations: Economic stagnation and widespread poverty; resurgence of the Communist-led Huk guerrilla movement which plagued the country from 1948 to 1953; graft and corruption; and the collapse of domestic order. In addition, the republic is searching for the wisest course to follow between the United States, its former ruler, and its neighbors in Asia.

Most of the problems confronting the Philippines are not ...

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