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Philippines / Elec. #308582

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 06, 1986
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[Bypassed introduction]

(Manila, Philippines: Bill Redeker) (Report in progress.) Fraud apparent already in Philippines' presidential elecs. today examined; scenes shown. [Citizens' Watchdog Agency spokesperson Jose CONCEPCION - describes cheating.] Other exs. given. [Vice-gov. Jose RICAFRENTE - believes fraud has begun in his province.] Marcos campaign's effort in region to buy votes described, illustrated. Fear over election-day violence discussed. [General Fidel RAMOS - thinks voters forget problem of insurgency.] Mil.'s intimidation of voters in past elecs. noted. [CONCEPCION - thinks if today's election is perceived by voters as dishonest, voting will no longer be considered viable means of change.]

(Manila, Philippines: Bob Faw) Marcos's distribution of free food today noted. [Columnist Eugenia APOSTOL - expects widespread cheating.] Presence of United States election observers said interpreted by many here as remnants of colonialism. [Columnist Sylvia MAYUGA - considers United States delegation a violation of Philippines sovereignty.] Belief that Corazon Aquino will receive majority of votes, but that Marcos will declare self winner noted. ["Veritas" editor Felix BAUTISTA - notes Marcos' catch-22.] Impact of 1983 assassination of Benigno Aquino on opposition movement recalled. [Pol. scientist Felipe MIRANDA - doesn't believe Marcos' ability to lead cntry. since Aquino's murder is strong, that end of era is being experienced.] [Former university president Alejandro ROCES - uses typhoon analogy to discuss Marcos.]

(NYC: Dan Rather) Special on election tonight announced.

Faw, Bob;
Rather, Dan;
Redeker, Bill

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