The military coup plotters who beset President Corazon Aquino during much of her presidency appear to have given up. Now, she seems likely to turn over the presidency to an elected successor next year.

The last attempt to topple Aquino took place in December, 1989. Since then, Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos has succeeded in rebuilding solidarity among loyal military officers. Now, the betting is that Aquino will back Ramos to succeed her in May, 1992, elections. Part of her legacy will be an accord, which is nearing completion, to extend U. S. rights at military bases.

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