ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 24, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Hong Kong: Ted Koppel) Ferdinand Marcos' government said apparently on verge of collapse; Manila International Airport noted closed to commercial traffic.
(Manila, Philippines: Jim Laurie) Demonstrations by both supporters of Marcos and Corazon Aquino at presidential palace noted; scenes shown. Palace guards reported opening fire on Aquino backers. [SURVIVOR - describes attack.] [MAN - claims Marcos and his family have fled the cntry.] President's effort to dispel that rumor described, shown. [MARCOS - calls on all loyal mil. troops to put down rebellion.] [General Fabian VER - wants to use air strikes.] Further indications of Marcos' slipping control noted coming with rebel troops' seizure of Marcos-controlled television station [ANNOUNCER - notes stn. has resumed bdcsts. for the people.] [MARCOS - won't leave office or cntry.] Public's response to his list of orders noted; growing support for rebel leaders former defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile and General Fidel Ramos discussed. [ENRILE, RAMOS - feel people elected Aquino.] Rebel troops' attacks on loyalist planes described, shown. Inaugurations said scheduled for both Aquino and Marcos; details given.
(Studio: Ted Koppel) Enrile said to be named defense minister again once Aquino is sworn in. [ENRILE - discusses scheduled inauguration of Aquino and Salvador Laurel at rebels'base, specter of civil war created by Philippines having 2 presidents.] "Nightline" announced.
(DC: Sheilah Kast) President Reagan's call for Marcos to step down and possible bearing on Marcos' effort to survive as president examined. [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - feels solution is possible only through peaceful transition to new government; notes President's friendship with Marcos.] Special envoy Philip Habib and Secretary of State George Shultz noted briefing Congress leaders on Marcos' negotiation of his resignation prior to rebellion; details given. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - notes probable reality of Marcos leaving Philippines.] Criticism of Reagan by anti-Marcos demonstrators mentioned. [Ninoy Aquino Mvt. spokesperson Heherson ALVAREZ - hopes President will do more.] Anti-Marcos demonstrations elsewhere cited. [Philippine consul general Eleutirio ESPINAS - announces dipls.' call for Marcos' resignation.] Situation in Philippines thought not affecting United States military personnel there; details given. Habib mentioned en route to Philippines to discuss post- Marcos government
(Studio: Ted Koppel) Upcoming inaugurations of both Marcos and Aquino discussed.
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