Thousands of demonstrators turned out a rally in the Philippines capital, Manila, on November 27 to mark the 51st birthday of the assassinated opposition leader, Benigno Aquino, and to protest against the government of President Ferdinand Marcos.
NOVEMBER 27 (SILVA)
GV Cheering crowd carrying banners in honour of Benigno Aquino's birthday.
SVs Anti-government banners. (2 SHOTS)
SV Aqunio banners carried by crowd.
SV PULL BACK TO GV PAN Massive crowd in grandstand.
SV Corazon Aquino, widow of late senator.
SV Bishop Pedro Pedrosa speaks. (English SOT)
GV PAN Crowd cheers.
NOVEMBER 26 (MBS 4)
GV INTERIOR Meeting of army reservists.
GV Crowd seated with INSERT of President Marcos speaking. (SOT)
TRANSCRIPT: PEDROSA: (SEQ 6) "Justice and violence which will pitch brother against brother in a blood bath of revolution where the gospel ethic of love would undeniably be sacrificed."
MARCOS: (SEQ 9) "I shall be a citizen, and as a citizen my primary duty is the protection of my country and my people. And even when it shall be necessary I shall give up everything - fortune, life, and most valuable of all, honour, in order to protect the country and people."
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Background: Thousands of demonstrators turned out a rally in the Philippines capital, Manila, on November 27 to mark the 51st birthday of the assassinated opposition leader, Benigno Aquino, and to protest against the government of President Ferdinand Marcos. The rally was the climax of a week of anti-Marcos protests planned by supporters of the former senator, the president's most formidable rival, who was shot on August 21 at Manila airport. Hundreds of banners bearing Aquino's picture were carried alongside banners with anti-Marcos slogans. Yellow, a colour that has become a symbol of opposition to Marcos and the memory of Aquino, was much in evidence. The protest saw Aquino's widow and the mother of his alleged assassin come face to face in what was described as a tense meeting. A pastoral letter from the nation's Roman Catholic Bishops was also read to the crowd. It called for a return to freedom and democracy and urged reconciliation as an alternative to violence and injustice. The anti-government rally was the largest in two months. On the previous day, President Marcos addressed members of the army reserve saying there were times when authority needed to be exercised in order to avert anarchy. He said that, as a citizen, his primary duty lay in the protection of his country and people. He said it was up to the army to defend the existing order and to ward off any threats of outbreaks of violence.