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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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ESTRADA'S AGENDA


• Increase spending on agriculture. The extra money will come from the abolition of funding for legislators' pork-barrel projects and a crackdown on graft and corruption

• Improve peace and order in six months. Estrada intends to head the department of the interior and local governments

• Abolish the agency tasked with recovering the alleged ill-gotten wealth of deposed president Ferdinand Marcos and his associates, including Estrada ally Eduardo Cojuangco. Marcos's widow, Imelda, will be allowed to bury her husband in the country's Cemetery for Heroes

• Enhance the business climate by lowering interest rates, cutting red tape, simplifying investment rules and avoiding cronyism. Filipino industrialists will get tax breaks. The government will study the adoption of a Hong Kong-style single tax rate for corporations and individuals

• Continue trade liberalization but calibrate the tariff-reduction program

• Allow U.S. aircraft and ships to use the Philippines as a stop for repair and refuelling, provided the constitutional ban on nuclear weapons is respected


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