This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Importance for United States of today's election here between Corazon Aquino, widow of assassinated opposition leader Benigno Aquino, and Ferdinand Marcos noted. Expecta-tions of vote fraud discussed; Senator Richard Lugar mentioned heading United States team observing process. Factors inhibiting honest election outlined on screen. Marcos noted appointing General Fabian Ver as election supervisor; his perceived role in Aquino's murder recalled. Govt. reported distributing free food last night as belated Christmas gift from Marcos; other government bribes described.
(Manila, Philippines: Steve Mallory) Police and military preparations for post-elec. violence noted; scenes shown. [Opposition candidate Salvador LAUREL - expects dirty, violent election] [Marcos' running mate Arturo TOLENTINO - assumes violence will occur.] [Senator Richard LUGAR - describes team's alleged ability to monitor voting.] Warnings of both Aquino and Marcos should they lose recalled. [American BUSINESSMAN - notes advice to workers.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) No. killed and injured in incidents related to election and mil.'s security precautions outlined. Upcoming item announced.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) United States strategic and economy ints. in Philippines noted; proximity of Subic Bay naval yard and Clark Air Force Base to Vietnam cited as exs. [President REAGAN - hopes US-Philippines relations will continue despite election outcome.] History of United States colonization of Philippines and current status of relationship reviewed; scenes shown. [Author Mary Theresa DIOKNO - feels current relationship promotes corruption and perversity; explains; thinks United States endorsement of long-standing dictatorship is promoting anti-US sentiment.] Dilemma faced by United States in relationship with Philippines considered. [Former foreign secretary Emmanuel PELAEZ - cites Philippines' reliance on United States nurturing of democrat values to develop.] Democrat ideals United States has passed on to Philippines and being strained by Marcos' corruption and communist guerrilla movement, New People's Army (NPA), discussed. [PELAEZ - sees country as searching for national identity rather than actually rejecting US.] Possible future of United States military bases here considered.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President commission investigating space shuttle Challenger's destruction said considering possible role weather played in explosion.
(Kennedy Space Center: Robert Bazell) Coast Guard thought locating Challenger's solid rocket boosters; details given, scenes, maps shown. Findings of earlier inspections of boosters said indicating fuel leak; possible scenario explained. Contd. recovery of shuttle debris examined.
(DC: Robert Hager) 1st meeting here today of president commission investigating disaster featured; scenes shown. [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) spokesperson Judson LOVINGOOD - explains decision of Morton Thiokol and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to proceed with launch despite weather.] [Commission MBR. and WITNESS - discuss lack of practical abort mode for crew in initial stages of launch.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Death toll from West Virginia coal plant accident reported; details given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Scope of nationwide flu epidemic reported, illustrated on map.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan, celebrating his birthday, reported sending Congress his annual economy forecast.
(DC: Chris Wallace) President's birthday celebration featured; scenes shown. [REAGAN - jokes about push for tax increase] His legislature package sent Congress described. [REAGAN - would like Representative Thomas O'Neill's approval as birthday gift; discusses his generation's perception of history.] [Vice President George BUSH - reads greetings from South Korean president] [REAGAN - jokes about age.] His staff's fake schedule as gift described.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) USSR dissident Anatoly Shcharansky thought definitely incl. in upcoming E.-W. spy swap; United States ambassador to West Germany Richard Burt, who directed major spy exchange last year, said en route to Berlin.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Tass description of Mikhail Gorbachev's Moscow meeting with Senator Edward Kennedy to discuss next US-USSR summit and arms control outlined.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Govt. of Haiti said denying reports that President Jean-Claude Duvalier had requested and been denied asylum in several West European cntrys.; State Department noted approving departure of
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, banned from entering Great Britain last month, said detained at Heathrow Airport today; details given. Farrakhan's party mentioned allowed to continue trip to Nigeria.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) History of US-Philippines relations, especially during WW II, include Bataan death march, summarized.
(Manila, Philippines: Keith Miller) Return here of Bataan survivors featured; scenes shown. Circumstances surrounding fall of Bataan and Corregidor reviewed; historical footage shown. Vet. Robert Brown mentioned, shown. [Stanley KOVCZYK -cites emotional difficulty in returning.]