NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 31, 1977
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(Studio) Special report is by Belgian reporter, with regard to Moslems in Philippines, called Moros, who have carried on war for independence for centuries.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Philippines) Report on Moros and their war for independence of certain areas in Philippines. Sanctuary for Moros, in Malaysia, compared to posts held by Vietcong in Laos and Cambodia during Vietnam conflict, for movement of arms and men and for communication. Statement from Koran, upon which Moros base right to fight, quoted; Moros have fought Spanish conquistadors, American colonizers, Japanese invaders and now own central government in Manila. [Moro spokesperson Prince ULOM - talks about sympathizers outside own cntry.] Reporter notes arms and money coming from Libya and its leader Muammar el-Kadhafi, in name of Moslem brohood. [MAN - notes American currency Moros have.] Incr. support for Moros through local taxation, contributions and cigarette smuggling. Effects of war on Philippine army are reasons Moros believe time is on their side.
REPORTER: Tieri Roland