Although an ancient people, as a young democratic nation the Filipinos are in trouble. This is the story of just one of the many new nations that have been established since World War II, and the manifold problems it has encountered as it strives to be free of dependence on others. Manila, Philippines. In the past year and a half the Filipinos have been shaken by earthquakes, blasted by volcanoes, tossed by typhoons, scorched by drought, emaciated by famine, washed out by floods, robbed by pirate raids, terrorized by guerilla war with Communists, and thrilled by a charming Filipina who won the Miss Universe contest. But all of these events have been overshadowed by the most traumatic experience of them all - a Filipino Presidential election! Elections are always attended by violence here.
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