Philippine Republic Under Stress and Strain
Civil Disorder and Growing Economic Diffculties
The Republic of the Philippines, now nearing the end of its fourth year as an independent nation, is confronted by threats to its stability from two sources: A Communist-led guerrilla movement in the heart of the country continues to defy constituted government authority; and signs of severe economic stringency ahead are rising as aid from the United States is progressively reduced. Guerrilla activity, centered in the Philippine “rice bowl” close to Manila, appears momentarily the less serious threat, but it may be intensified by worsening economic conditions. For a core of civil unrest in a nation assailed by economic ills offers tempting opportunities for exploitation by Communist troublemakers.
Rich in agricultural and a number of ...