Several thousand women marched through the streets of Manila on October 13 to protest against the government of President Ferdinand Marcos and the recent assassination of opposition leader Benigno Aquino.
GV Demonstrators crowd streets.
SV PAN Statue of Virgin Mary and Mrs Corazon Aquino in procession.
TV Demonstrators carry banners and flowers. (2 SHOTS)
GV PULL BACK TO SV Protesters wave flag on rooftop as protesters march below. (3 SHOTS)
GV TILT DOWN Office workers litter streets with confetti. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Several thousand women marched through the streets of Manila on October 13 to protest against the government of President Ferdinand Marcos and the recent assassination of opposition leader Benigno Aquino. Estimates of the numbers varied between five and fifteen thousand. Aquino's widow, Mrs Corazon Aquino led the procession. Many of the women carried yellow flowers or wore yellow clothes, which was to have been the theme colour for the opposition party led by Mr. Aquino. He returned to the Philippines on August 21 after three years of exile in the United States and was shot dead on his arrival at Manila airport. The march and rally were organised by the National Organisation of Women - a member body of an umbrella group pledge to reveal the truth about Aquino's assassination. Office workers lined main avenues to cheer as the procession passed, and many threw confetti. Aquino family has accused Marcos of duplicity in the assassination. The government has denied the charge, saying communist subversives were responsible. A recent government directive, to allow peaceful demonstrations in the business section of Manila meant that riot and security police were not on the streets. The protest came as President Marcos tried to find new members for a commission of inquiry into Aquino's death after the former commission resigned en masse in response to widespread public hostility over its lack of impartiality.