This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Question of fairness in today's election here between Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino considered; difficulties faced by US pollwatchers noted.
(Manila, Philippines: Jim Laurie) Official voting procedure and ballot counting explained; scenes shown. Role of citizen election monitors, NAMFREL, mentioned. Marcos campaign's bribing of voters detailed, illustrated. Senator Richard Lugar mentioned heading United States observation team. [WOMAN - lists means of vote fraud to Lugar.] Backgrounds of Aquino and Marcos mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Savao, Philippines: James Walker) Voting process in outlying islands, considered loyal to Marcos, discussed; scenes shown. [TEACHER - notes bribe given him by Marcos campaign organization Felicita Santos.] Similar cash payments to other teachers from Santos cited. Areas of concern in rural regions listed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) [Elec. commission chairperson Victorino SAVELLANO - denies elec. fraud is possible; comments on NAMFREL; notes Marcos-controlled newspaper polls indicate he will win.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Upcoming item.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) United States interest in Philippines election today noted. [President REAGAN - hopes to continue relationship regardless of election outcome.]
(Clark AFB, Philippines: Mark Litke) Importance of Philippines to US strategic ints. examined; scenes shown. Surveillance of USSR craft in region cited as example Details illustrated on map; roles of Subic Bay and Clark Air Force Base in providing support services for United States military in region discussed. Admin.'s concern that long-standing United States support of Marcos will result in closing of bases if he loses election and concern over threat posed by communist guerrillas discussed. [Colonel William SWEENEY - cites need to remain combat- ready.] Alternative sites under consideration by Pentagon if Philippines bases are closed considered. [US ambassador Stephen BOSWORTH - cites importance of United States facilities here both to United States and Philippines; explains.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) United States commitment to Philippines, its first and last colony, reviewed in detail; scenes shown. [Former secretary state Richard HOLBROOKE - cites need to continue ties with Philippines people.] Islands' role in World War II discussed; Bataan death march and General Douglas MacArthur mentioned; historical footage shown. [Opposition spokesperson Dr. Emanuel SORIANO - considers United States attitude toward democracy hypocritical in light of its support of dictatorship.] [HOLBROOKE - considers implications for United States relations with rest of world if its relations with Philippines collapse.] Significance of today's elec. cited. Upcoming items.
(NYC: Ted Koppel) Report introduced
(DC: Lynn Sherr) 1st day of hearings by president commission appointed to investigate space shuttle Challenger's destruction examined; scenes, photos shown. Weather said discounted as possible contributing factor. [Johnson Space Center spokesperson Arnold ALDRICH - doesn't consider ice a factor.] Other areas investigated considered. [Marshall Space Flight Center spokesperson Dr. Judson LOVINGOOD - notes Morton Thiokol agreed weather would not affect solid rocket boosters.] [ALDRICH - explains inability of crew to have survived.] Items found by Coast Guard, include helmet, mentioned, shown.
(Studio: Ted Koppel) Death toll from West Virginia coal plant accident reported; details given, scenes shown.
(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan reported celebrating birthday today as well as sending Congress his annual economy forecast; scenes shown. [Representative David OBEY - rejects administration's budget requests.] [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - criticizes "opportunistic demagogues" who attacked waste and fraud in defense budget.] [REAGAN -jokes about his age.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Fraud in Philippines election today discussed; exs. given.