In the Philippines, polling in the first election under martial law ended without incident on Friday, (7 April) despite scuffles near voting stations and a noisy demonstrations by opposition supporters.
MVs INT President Ferdinand Marcos of Philippines speaking (2 shots)
GV & MVs Opposition leader Benigno Aquino seated with newsmen speaking (4 shots)
MARCOS: "There is one candidate who will win. It will be the leader of the opposition. And with the leader of the opposition in, he will polarise his adherents, who are mostly subversive and therefore they will try and wreck the government and the new society. This will therefore result, that is confrontation. I personally was in favour of releasing him. If you will remember I offered him pardon and amnesty, which he rejected on the grounds that he thought there was no evidence against him. Later on, he changes his mind. I offered him trial by civil court. This again he rejected."
AQUINO: "I believe that Mr. Marcos is moving towards normalisation because from a situation where we have had no Parliament at all, we have now had a least half a parliament. Even though it is not all, you cannot ask for everything because if you are Mr. Marcos you are the dictator. Why should you even brother? Question number.......one, Am I a CIA agent? No, most emphatically I deny that. And secretary was really quoting from certain documents allegedly monitored in my room when I was speaking to a colonel when he said that I admitted I worked for the CIA. Now I think the monitoring was garbled, maybe should have worked with the CIA. Now if they told me that I said I worked with the CIA I would admit that. I worked with this agency in there instances under instructions of my own President as you very well know. I served three presidents of this republic. President Macapagal, President Garcia and President (indistinct) spanning 12 years. I was of technical assistance to these Presidents. And therefore, if the transmission was accurate, if should have been 'worked with' and not 'worked for'."
The elections are for a 200-seat interim National Assembly which us supposed to pave the way for full parliamentary democracy. The Philippines has been under martial law since 1972.
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Background: In the Philippines, polling in the first election under martial law ended without incident on Friday, (7 April) despite scuffles near voting stations and a noisy demonstrations by opposition supporters. President Marcos warned opposition candidates they could be arrested if there was any violence. He told newsmen, however, that he had ordered security forces to exercise restraint. Metropolitan Manila has become the centre of the contest because the President's New Society Movement, led by his wife Imelda, faces its stiffest opposition there against a People's Power Group. The group is led by detained former senator Benigno Aquino, considered to be an arch rival of President Marcos. Mr. Aquino was allowed out of jail to appear on television during the run-up to the elections. During the interview he called the President dictator and denied he had worked for the United States Central Intelligence Agency. He is under sentence of death for alleged subversion and his campaign has been conducted by his wife. In an interview with Visnews reporter Michael Chrisman, President Marcos said he had offered Mr. Aquino a pardon, but it had been refused.