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Philippines / Military Rebellion #548493

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 22, 1986
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Philippines defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile and deputy armed forces chief Fidel Ramos, cousin of Ferdinand Marcos, reported leading rebellion against president

(Manila, Philippines: Steve Mallory) Rebellion by some military leaders examined; scenes shown. [ENRILE - doesn't believe present regime has mandate of the people; cites their commitment to overthrowing fraudulent government] Ramos and Enrile thought leaders of military reform movement [ENRILE - cites number fraudulent votes in his region.] Rebels said taking stand after learning of Marcos' hit list and plans to arrest them as well as Corazon Aquino. Marcos' version of events outlined. [MARCOS - threatens rebels with artillery.] Rebels said denying Marcos' claim that they planned to assassinate him and wife Imelda; pro-rebellion and pro-Aquino demonstration and Cardinal Jaime Sin mentioned. Aquino's campaign for nationwide anti-Marcos demonstration and her current whereabouts noted. United States envoy Philip Habib said meeting with Marcos immediately prior to mutiny.

(Studio: Connie Chung, Steve Mallory) Current atmosphere in Manila described; issue of Habib's mission considered.

(DC: Robin Lloyd) Reagan administration's reaction to Philippines crisis examined; conference on issue between President, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, Secretary State George Shultz, chief of staff Don. Regan and national security adviser Admiral John Poindexter noted. Larry Speakes' statement supporting allegations of Enrile and Ramos quoted on screen; implications for United States-Marcos relations cited. [Senator Richard LUGAR - calls for Marcos to step down.] [Representative Stephen SOLARZ - feels Marcos should be allowed to go into exile in United States.]

(Studio: Connie Chung) Senator John Melcher reported claiming Navy has offered trans. to Imelda Marcos in event she's forced to flee Philippines. "Meet the Press" announced.

Chung, Connie;
Lloyd, Robin;
Mallory, Steve

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