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Philippines / Assassination #292343

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Aug 21, 1983
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(Studio) Assassination of opposition leader Benigno Aquino as he returned to Manila, Philippines, reported; details given.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Hong Kong) Aquino's assassination examined; films of shooting shown. [AQUINO - explains returning from self-imposed exile in United States despite threats of imprisonment or assassination.] Govt. account of shooting and dictator Ferdinand Marcos' official reaction to killing discussed. [AQUINO - acknowledges possibility of assassination; recalls absurdity of John Hinckley's shooting of President Reagan; Jodie Foster mentioned.]
REPORTER: Gordon Joseloff

(Studio) Aquino's political career and his strong threat to Marcos in 1973 president elec. recalled; Marcos noted canceling that election, declaring martial law and jailing Aquino to prevent his election
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Newton, Massachusetts) [Corazon AQUINO - never anticipated husband's assassination; notes his desire to meet with Marcos in effort to restore democracy.] Aquino's reaction to Philippine government's warning of his possible assassination if he returned recalled. [AQUINO - believes threats are effort to keep him out of Philippines; notes Philippine public's reaction to Vice President George Bush's praise of Marcos' interpretation of democracy and President Reagan's assessment of Marcos' character; considers US support of repressive regime hypocritical in light of its past support for democracy in Philippines.]
REPORTER: Andrea Naverson

(Studio) State Department's formal response to assassination quoted; White House reported announcing President Reagan's intentions to proceed with scheduled November visit to Philippines.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

Dean, Morton;
Joseloff, Gordon;
Naverson, Andrea

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