The Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos was sworn in on Monday (12 June) as the first Prime Minster at the opening of the country's new assembly after nearly six years of martial law.
GV Exterior of the Interim National Assembly building
SV Mountain tribes looking on
SV Marcos and Imelda raising a Filipino flag (2 SHOTS)
SV Marcos and Imelda entering the assembly hall (3 SHOTS)
SV Marcos taking oath before Chief of Justice Mr. Castro (2 SHOTS)
SV Cabinet ministers taking oath in front of Marcos (3 SHOTS)
GV & SV Marcos speaking and applauded by assembly members (3 SHOTS)
SV Marcos banging a gavel
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Background: The Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos was sworn in on Monday (12 June) as the first Prime Minster at the opening of the country's new assembly after nearly six years of martial law.
The inaugural session of the assembly coincided with the nationwide observance of the 80th anniversary of the Philippines independence form Spanish rule in 1898.
President Marcos, 60, who declared martial law in September 1972, will initially also preside over the 200-member Interim national Assembly.
The assembly, the Philippines' first legislative body since martial law dissolved the previous two-chamber congress in 1972, is seen as a test of how far President Marcos is prepared to relax his one-man rule.
Mr. Marcos, who has been President of the Republic since 1965, took his oath as the new Prime Minster and presiding officer of the interim legislature before the Chief of Justice of the Philippines, Mr. Fred Ruiz Castro.
After the oath taking of members of the cabinet ministers, the assembly members also took their oath before the presiding officer, Mr. Marcos.
There are few changes in the cabinet apart from the appointment of the President's wife, Imelda, as Minister of Human Ecology and Settlements.
In his 90-minutes opening speech, President Marcos made no new major commitments, but re-emphasised earlier statements that he would devolve his legislative powers to the new assembly while retaining the constitutional right to legislate by decree alongside or instead of the interim body at any time.