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WORLD IN BRIEF : PHILIPPINES : Aquino Backs Off Bases Referendum

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

President Corazon Aquino backed away from a confrontation with the Senate over U.S. bases in the Philippines. Aquino, facing mounting opposition to her efforts to keep U.S. forces here in defiance of a Senate decision to evict them, said in a statement that she will abandon her plan for a referendum on retaining American forces if it fails to win public support.


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