ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 17, 1986
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(Studio: Ted Koppel) President Reagan, under growing pressure to halt United States relations with Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, noted publicly criticizing him this weekend.
(Manila, Philippines: Mark Litke) Arrival here of United States envoy Philip Habib to assess claims of election fraud in Marcos' official defeat of Corazon Aquino featured; scenes shown. His mtgs. with both cands. as well as Cardinal Jaime Sin described. [HABIB - declines comment.] [AQUINO - asks Marcos to resign as soon as possible.] Her plans for ongoing protests outlined, discussed.
(DC: Kenneth Walker) United States Senators recently returned from monitoring elecs. in Philippines said calling on Reagan to harden his attitude toward Marcos. [Senator Carl LEVIN - wants President to halt relations with Marcos.] [Feb. 11, REAGAN - suggests fraud occurred on both sides.] His later statement condemning Marcos party fraud written after conference call with national security adviser John Poindexter, CIA director William Casey, Secretary of State George Shultz, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and chief of staff Don. Regan quoted on screen. Apparent basis of President's about-face explained.
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