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Philippines / Aquino Government #101161

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 27, 1986
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Introduction and Preview Peter Jennings (Moscow, USSR)

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Manila, Philippines: Ted Koppel) General Fidel Ramos reported imposing restrictions on private aircraft leaving Philippines in effort to halt theft of nation's resources by cronies of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

(DC: John McWethy) Marcos reported taking large sums of money, certificates of deposits and titles to United States properties when he fled Manila; United States Air Force's role in transporting these valuables out of country for him noted. Details given, scenes shown. [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - doesn't believe United States law has been violated yet.] Trans. and security costs to United States outlined on screen.

(Studio: Ted Koppel) [President Corazon AQUINO - discusses United States ambassador's telephone call to her regarding Marcos' desire to remain in Philippines, his possible burial site, her approach to restoring Philippine stability, communist insurgents; responds to criticism of her leadership abilities.] "Nightline" announced.

(Manila, Philippines; Mark Litke) Release of political prisoners under Aquino's government examined; Ramos' opposite role during Marcos reign recalled. Scenes shown. [RAMOS - reads names of those scheduled for release.] Alleged crimes of and sentences given writer Milar Aguilar and Renaldo Maclang described. [MACLANG - hopes Marcos' fall signals cntry.'s rebirth.] Disagreement within Aquino government over prisoner release issue discussed.

Jennings, Peter;
Koppel, Ted;
McWethy, John

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