NBC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 23, 1986
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Introduction and Preview Chris Wallace (New York City)
(Studio: Chris Wallace) Rebellion by some army officers in Manila calling for Ferdinand Marcos' resignation, include attacks by pro-Marcos troops on civilian supporters of uprising, reported
(Manila, Philippines: Steve Mallory) Apparent circumstances of army's attack led by General Fabian Ver on anti-Marcos demonstrators outlined; scenes shown. Events leading to attack reviewed. [Corazon AQUINO - believes people are taking control.] Aquino's running mate Salvador Laurel noted meeting with rebel leaders today; details given. Uprising orgs. said claiming Marcos used mil. to cheat Aquino of votes in recent election [Rebel LDR. - thinks Marcos will soon realize nation wants him out.] [MARCOS - remains committed to keeping office; claims rebel leaders won't work for Aquino; threatens bloodshed leading to rebel leaders' arrest.]
(Studio: Chris Wallace) Army troops that earlier attacked rebel base said withdrawing.
(DC: Robin Lloyd) President Reagan's meeting with national security council and envoy Philip Habib and decision to immediately halt all United States military aid to Marcos unless violence in halted examined. [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - explains President's decision.] Senator Richard Lugar, appearing on both CBS' "Face the Nation" and ABC's "This Wk.", reported calling on President Reagan to publicly ask Marcos to leave. [LUGAR - thinks Philippine people want United States involvement at this point] [Courtesy "Meet the Press", Senator Dave DURENBERGER - agrees.] Habib said returning to Philippines this week; administration said granting Marcos asylum if necessary.