NBC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 15, 1986
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(Studio: Connie Chung) President Reagan's latest position on Philippines election reported coming after parliament declared Ferdinand Marcos winner.
(Manila, Philippines: Steve Mallory) Marcos-controlled parliament's decision examined; scenes shown. [SPKR. - declares Marcos winner.] Parliament's stifling of debate on widespread vote fraud and opposition mbrs.' walkout in protest described. Citizens' group noted declaring Corazon Aquino winner; her statement quoted. Arrival of United States envoy Philip Habib to assess political problems as result of situation noted. [Opposition newspaper editor Luis BELTRAN - questions if President Reagan wants mass deaths to occur before point hits home; uses Lakers-Celtics basketball game analogy to describe US attitude.] Growing perception of United States as backer for dictator noted. [MARCOS - claims historic victory.]
(California: Robin Lloyd) Reagan's new criticism of Philippines election as fraudulent said effort to buy time; details given. [Senator Richard LUGAR - feels elec. results are outcome of Filipino government's conscious fraud.] Lugar recalled heading United States observer team which monitored voting. [Representative Stephen SOLARZ - calls for immediate suspension of United States aid to Philippines.] Habib's immediate mission explained.
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