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Philippines / Civil Unrest #101101

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 23, 1986
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Ferdinand Marcos' government reported denying reports that he and family have fled Philippines as anti-government unrest grows; President Reagan said threatening halt to United States military aid if Marcos uses violence.

(Manila, Philippines: Jim Laurie) Status of civil unrest examined; scenes shown. Contd. rebellion of some troops under leadership of former defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile and General Fidel Ramos detailed. [Courtesy "This Wk.", voice of ENRILE, RAMOS -describe growing support for them.] [MARCOS - threatens to use tanks and artillery on rebels.] [Corazon AQUINO - calls for more defections among government officials.] Marcos forces' proximity to rebel headquarters described.

(Studio: Sam Donsldson, Jim Laurie) Rumors of Marcos' flight discussed.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan reported issuing statement designed to pressure Marcos into refraining from violence following briefing from envoy Philip Habib.

(DC: Sheilah Kast) [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - reads Reagan's warning to Marcos.] Possibility of asylum in United States for Marcos mentioned.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson, Sheilah Kast) Marcos' possible reaction to Reagan's stmt. and latter's about-face discussed.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Senator Richard Lugar and Enrile said both endorsing United States asylum for Marcos; Ramos' differing opinion due to belief that Marcos ordered assassination of Aquino's husband noted.

Donaldson, Sam;
Kast, Sheilah;
Laurie, Jim

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