This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Hong Kong: Ted Koppel) Ferdinand Marcos' government said apparently on verge of collapse; Manila International Airport noted closed to commercial traffic.
(Manila, Philippines: Jim Laurie) Demonstrations by both supporters of Marcos and Corazon Aquino at presidential palace noted; scenes shown. Palace guards reported opening fire on Aquino backers. [SURVIVOR - describes attack.] [MAN - claims Marcos and his family have fled the cntry.] President's effort to dispel that rumor described, shown. [MARCOS - calls on all loyal mil. troops to put down rebellion.] [General Fabian VER - wants to use air strikes.] Further indications of Marcos' slipping control noted coming with rebel troops' seizure of Marcos-controlled television station [ANNOUNCER - notes stn. has resumed bdcsts. for the people.] [MARCOS - won't leave office or cntry.] Public's response to his list of orders noted; growing support for rebel leaders former defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile and General Fidel Ramos discussed. [ENRILE, RAMOS - feel people elected Aquino.] Rebel troops' attacks on loyalist planes described, shown. Inaugurations said scheduled for both Aquino and Marcos; details given.
(Studio: Ted Koppel) Enrile said to be named defense minister again once Aquino is sworn in. [ENRILE - discusses scheduled inauguration of Aquino and Salvador Laurel at rebels'base, specter of civil war created by Philippines having 2 presidents.] "Nightline" announced.
(DC: Sheilah Kast) President Reagan's call for Marcos to step down and possible bearing on Marcos' effort to survive as president examined. [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - feels solution is possible only through peaceful transition to new government; notes President's friendship with Marcos.] Special envoy Philip Habib and Secretary of State George Shultz noted briefing Congress leaders on Marcos' negotiation of his resignation prior to rebellion; details given. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - notes probable reality of Marcos leaving Philippines.] Criticism of Reagan by anti-Marcos demonstrators mentioned. [Ninoy Aquino Mvt. spokesperson Heherson ALVAREZ - hopes President will do more.] Anti-Marcos demonstrations elsewhere cited. [Philippine consul general Eleutirio ESPINAS - announces dipls.' call for Marcos' resignation.] Situation in Philippines thought not affecting United States military personnel there; details given. Habib mentioned en route to Philippines to discuss post- Marcos government
(Studio: Ted Koppel) Upcoming inaugurations of both Marcos and Aquino discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Importance of 27th communist party cong., beginning tomorrow, for US-USSR relations and especially for Mikhail Gorbachev's consolidation of power considered. Scenes shown.
(Moscow, USSR : Walter Rodgers) Several congress delegates (named) incl. Euvgeni Shuliak said illustrating role of blue collar workers in party congress [SHULIAK - (thru translator) comments on new atmosphere in party] 1 delegate's assessment of delegates' lack of outspokenness quoted. [Henrik KRUMM - (thru translator) explains not criticizing Gorbachev at cong.] Rel. between delegates' careers and their role at congress considered.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Upcoming item.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Tashkent, USSR : Richard Threlkeld) Limitations placed on Soviet citizens for acquiring accurate information on United States examined; government's interpretation of American Revolution cited as example [Sovietologist Peter REDDAWAY - discusses Soviet system's effort to combat public attitudes varying from official line.] Comments of several workers translated; Russian passion for American culture discussed. [Stanford Univ. spokesperson Gail LAPIDUS - describes Soviet perception of United States society.] [STUDENTS - praise their security, lack of hunger, malnutrition as evidenced in rest of world; Star Wars mentioned.]
(DC: Sam Donaldson) Release of President Reagan's latest arms control proposal reported occurring as US-USSR negotiators meet in Geneva, Switzerland; Tass' response quoted.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced
(Miami, Florida: Mark Potter) Eastern Air Lines board said agreeing to takeover by Texas Air Corporation [Employees Fred FROST, Frank SHREWSBURY - disagree on buyout.] Pilots and flight attendants noted trying to avert Texas Air takeover due to chairperson Frank Lorenzo's reputation as union-buster; his approach to Continental Airlines recalled. Eastern president Joseph Leonard's announcement of sale despite pilots and flight attendants' willingness to compromise explained. Eastern mentioned denying resignation of chairperson Frank Borman.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Stk. Mkt. Report; activity of Eastern and Texas Air on stk. market reported
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Morton Thiokol engineer Allan McDonald reported scheduled to testify at tomorrow's public hearing of president commission investigating space shuttle Challenger's destruction; details given, scenes shown.
(Studio: Ted Koppel) Update on Ferdinand Marcos' losing effort to retain control; staff of Philippine embassy in Paris, France, said siding with rebels. USSR said only source of support for Marcos at present.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Moscow recalled covered with photos of Leonid Brezhnev during 26th party congress 5 years ago; lack of such of Mikhail Gorbachev for 27th congress discussed. Vladimir Lenin mentioned only Soviet leader with public portraits. Gorbachev's approach to consolidating power examined.