From a Sept. 10 statement by Rep. Stephen J. Solarz (D-N.Y.) to the Asian and Pacific affairs subcommittee:
This latest effort to overthrow the government of President Corazon Aquino . . . must trouble all those who . . . gloried in the triumph of People Power in the Philippines. . . .
There is no question that the Philippines faces serious problems, which have helped to fuel a communist-led insurgency. But we must not allow these veryreal difficulties to obscure the remarkable progress that has been made. . . . Under the leadership of President Aquino, the Philippine people have adopted a new constitution. . . . In addition, they have conducted national assembly elections which are widely regarded as the most honest in Philippine history. And they have revived the democratic institutions of their country with the establishment of a genuinely free press and an independent judiciary. . . .
There has been progress on the economic front as well. The Aquino government inherited an economy which in the last two years of the Marcos regime had registered a 15 percent negative growth. For the first half of this year, that same economy achieved a 5 1/2 percent real growth. . . . Finally, Mrs. Aquino's government has set about to address the centuries-old problem of maldistribution with an ambitious program of agrarian reform.
Not all Filipinos believe that these reforms have been proper. . . . But military coups and armed rebellions have no place in a democracy. Those who are dissatisfied with the policies of thepresent government must work to change those policies through the peaceful democratic means that are now, for the first time in many years, available to them, rather than by seeking to overturn the democratic system itself.