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Philippines / Elec. #101254

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 06, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) United States interest in Philippines election today noted. [President REAGAN - hopes to continue relationship regardless of election outcome.]

(Clark AFB, Philippines: Mark Litke) Importance of Philippines to US strategic ints. examined; scenes shown. Surveillance of USSR craft in region cited as example Details illustrated on map; roles of Subic Bay and Clark Air Force Base in providing support services for United States military in region discussed. Admin.'s concern that long-standing United States support of Marcos will result in closing of bases if he loses election and concern over threat posed by communist guerrillas discussed. [Colonel William SWEENEY - cites need to remain combat- ready.] Alternative sites under consideration by Pentagon if Philippines bases are closed considered. [US ambassador Stephen BOSWORTH - cites importance of United States facilities here both to United States and Philippines; explains.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) United States commitment to Philippines, its first and last colony, reviewed in detail; scenes shown. [Former secretary state Richard HOLBROOKE - cites need to continue ties with Philippines people.] Islands' role in World War II discussed; Bataan death march and General Douglas MacArthur mentioned; historical footage shown. [Opposition spokesperson Dr. Emanuel SORIANO - considers United States attitude toward democracy hypocritical in light of its support of dictatorship.] [HOLBROOKE - considers implications for United States relations with rest of world if its relations with Philippines collapse.] Significance of today's elec. cited. Upcoming items.

Jennings, Peter;
Litke, Mark

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