President Ferdinand Marcos announced the end of the five years of overnight curfew and promised to hold local elections by next year in a move away from martial law in the Philippines.
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SV WELCOME SIGN OF THE WORLD LAW CONFERENCE
SV LAWYERS AND CHIEF JUSTICES ENTERING THE HALL
SV MR & MRS MARCOS ENTERING THE HALL
GV INTERIOR VIEW OF THE CONFERENCE HALL
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Background: President Ferdinand Marcos announced the end of the five years of overnight curfew and promised to hold local elections by next year in a move away from martial law in the Philippines.
The President's moves came in an opening address on Monday to the eighth World Law Conference held in Manila, attended by thousands of lawyers and 30 chief justices from all over the world.
Mr. Marcos announced a limited amnesty for all political prisoners held on subversion charges, and ordered the release from detention of people who had not yet been tires by military tribunals to mark the celebration of world peace through law.
The President also announced the restrictions on foreign travel by Filipinos would be eased and that a curfew imposed since martial law in 1972 had been terminated, though he gave no indications when the martial law itself would be lifted.
His speech was clearly designed to answer critics of the human rights situation in the Philippines who have questioned the holding of the law conference in Manila.