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Special Assignment (US-Philippines Rel.) #92681

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 16, 1985
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(Studio) Senator Paul Laxalt reported carrying message from President Reagan to Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos regarding latter's rigidity; details given.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Manila, Philippines) Importance of US-Philippines relationship and implications of growing civil unrest over Marcos' hard-handed leadership examined. [Student leader Leandro ALEJANDRO - feels United States and Marcos use each other to protect their respective ints.] [Opposition leader Salvador LAUREL - notes current generation's lack of understanding of US-Philippines history.] War footage of General Doug. MacArthur here shown. Extent of US mil. presence in region described. [Former Senator Jose DIOKNO - accuses US of justifying any anti-communist dictatorship for its own ints.] [LAUREL, DIOKNO - cite public opposition to United States bases here.]
REPORTER: Mark Litke

Jennings, Peter;
Litke, Mark

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