President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines said on Tuesday (10 September) that military leaders have pledged to support a civilian government that would rule the Philippines, should he be "immobilised".
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Background: President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines said on Tuesday (10 September) that military leaders have pledged to support a civilian government that would rule the Philippines, should he be "immobilised".
Mr. Marcos said "this was a solemn pledge of honour" given to him by the country's military leaders shortly before he declared martial law on 23 September, 1972.
The Filipino President made the disclosure in a speech before the Armed Forces at Fort Aguinaldo on the eve of his 57th birthday. The occasion marked the annual "Loyalty Day" parade in which all branches of the Philippine Armed Forces pledged their loyalty to him as the country's Commander-in-Chief.
President Marcos gave no indication as to who his successor or successors would be. He said in an interview to weeks earlier, that the succession plan was being kept a secret so as not to start a rivalry within the leadership.
He said he was prompted to disclose the military's pledge to support continued civilian rule in the Philippines because of speculation "here and abroad" of an ultimate military takeover.
SYNOPSIS: At Fort Aguinaldo near Manila on Tuesday, the Philippine Armed Forces staged its annual "Loyalty Day" parade.
Cadets from the Philippine Military Academy and troops from the country's armed forces marked the occasion with a pledge of loyalty to President Ferdinand Marcos as the country's Commander-in-Chief.
Accompanied by Mrs. Marcos, and senior military leaders, President Marcos took the occasion to say that if he were to fall from power a civilian leader would assume the presidency.
The country's military leaders have pledged their support to this plan.
President Marcos disclosed this in his speech to end what he called "speculation at home and abroad" of an ultimate military takeover. He did not mention who his successor or successors will be, to prevent any rivalry within the country's leadership.