NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 24, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Apparent political message conveyed by United States envoy Philip Habib's return to Philippines to discuss change of power in Ferdinand Marcos' imminent collapse noted.
(DC: Chris Wallace) President Reagan's public call for Marcos' resignation examined. [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - notes administration's push for peaceful transition of power; denies offer or request for asylum, though admin. is willing to assist Marcos.] Some said suggesting General Fabian Ver is actually running Manila government Secretary of State George Shultz and Philip Habib mentioned briefing Congress [Senator Patrick LEAHY - cites Marcos' need to exit peacefully.] [Labor minister Blas OPLE - hopes Marcos can consider alternatives peacefully.] [Representative Jim LEACH - calls for Marcos' peaceful abdication.] Habib mentioned leaving for Philippines tonight to negotiate peaceful transfer of power.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw, Chris Wallace) United States military contingencies for region outlined; current status of situation cited. [Representative Stephen SOLARZ - explains supporting offering asylum to Marcos, believes Aquino endorses idea; calls for President Reagan to take hard-line approach with Marcos; United States' possible military future in Philippines considered.] Philippine dipls. said defecting from embassies worldwide; details given.