ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Election and Edible Oil

'Popular Mandate' LAST week the new constitution drafted by a committee set up by the Aquino government was officially approved by a government commission. Earlier the draft had been ratified by a plebiscite which gave Cory a landslide victory with more than 76 per cent of the vote. The outcome of the plebiscite lends a new credibility to the Aquino government which is especially significant in the context of recent developments in Philippines. Since early November when the president sacked Enrile and issued an ultimatum to the left, the government has rapidly abandoned the more nebulous postures regarding both the left forces and the Muslims. Aquinio has opted to define more sharply than before her political objectives and concretise them in a series of moves.

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