• Short Summary

    IN THE PHILIPPINES....CRITICS OF PRESIDENT CARLOS GARCIA (CQ)....HAVE A NEW PEG, ON WHICH TO HANG?

  • Description

    IN THE PHILIPPINES....CRITICS OF PRESIDENT CARLOS GARCIA (CQ)....HAVE A NEW PEG, ON WHICH TO HANG CHARGES OF EXTRAVAGANCE AND WORSE.

    THE NEW TARGET IS A 273 (two-hundred and seventy-three) FOOT YACHT, WHICH WILL BE TURNED OVER TO THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT NEXT MONTH. THE YACHT -- NAMED THE LAPU LAPU (CQ) IN HONOR OF THE PHILIPPINE, WHO KILLED MAGELLAN -- IS NEARING COMPLETION IN A JAPANESE YARD AS PART OF THE REPARATIONS, WHICH JAPAN IS PAYING TO THE PHILIPPINES.

    WITH MUCH OF THE COUNTRY SUFFERING FROM UNEMPLOYMENT....CROP FAILURES....BUREAUCRACY....AND APPARENT CORRUPTION....CRITICS ARE AIMING VERBAL TORPEDOES AT THE LUXURIOUS 2-MILLION--500-THOUSAND DOLLAR YACHT. THEY QUESTION THE NEED FOR A VESSEL REQUIRING A CREW OF 92 (ninety-two) AND WITH AIR_CONDITIONED ACCOMMODATIONS FOR 48 (forty-eight) PASSENGERS. GARCIA SUPPORTERS CLAIM THE SHIP COULD BE USED FOR RESCUE OPERATIONS....AS A TROOP SHIP....AND FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT OF VISITING DIGNITARIES. CRITICS RIDICULE SUCH CLAIMS.

    A PHILIPPINE SPOKESMAN IN JAPAN DEMURRED AT AN N.B.C. REPORTER'S CALLING THE LAPU A PRESIDENTIAL YACHT.

    TAGS ON CHAIRS READING "PRESIDENT'S DINING ROOM"....AND THE APPEARANCE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAL IN THE DRAWING ROOM WERE LAMELY EXPLAINED AS MISTAKES. THE SENSITIVITY OF THE ADMINISTRATION TO CRITICISM WAS ILLUSTRATED WHEN AN AMERICAN CORRESPONDENT WAS EXPELLED FOR CALLING THE PRESIDENT LUXURY-LOVING. HOWEVER LUXURIOUS THE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATIONS, THE CREW'S QUARTERS ARE FUNCTUAL....DEVOID OF THE CONVENIENCES USUALLY PROVIDED ON A VESSEL OF THIS TYPE. NOR IS CRITICISM OF GARCIA CONFINED TO HIS OWN COUNTRY. RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES HAVE TURNED SOUR....LARGELY BECAUSE OF AMERICAN REFUSAL TO EXTEND A LOAN OF 100-MILLION DOLLARS. MAYBE GIVING UP THE YACHT WOULD HELP INCREASINGLY, GARCIA HAS TURNED TO AN ANTI-AMERICAN LINE. HIS CRITICS SAY HE IS TRYING TO COVER UP HIS TROUBLES. BUT ANTI-AMERICANISM SOUNDS STRANGER IN THE PHILIPPINES THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN ASIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9RMDAZ8NMCVW1YCDDCLYKBNU0
    Media URN:
    VLVA9RMDAZ8NMCVW1YCDDCLYKBNU0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/02/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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