More than 18 million Filipinos went to the polls today (Friday 27 July) in a referendum expected to give President Ferdinand Marcos a mandate to extend his term of office beyond 1973.
VS posters by the road side
Preparation for the rally in open air (4 shots)
Torch parade and march into grandstand
MS/CU sign and placards (3 shots)
Barangay member arrival
Speech by member
People shouting (3 shots)
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Background: More than 18 million Filipinos went to the polls today (Friday 27 July) in a referendum expected to give President Ferdinand Marcos a mandate to extend his term of office beyond 1973.
This is the second time the President has asked the people to decide on one-man rule since he imposed martial law in September last year.
The biggest rally of the entire pre-referendum campaign was staged earlier this week in Manila.
Supporters of the government marched by torchlight to Forbes Fark carrying placards supporting the referendum issue of extending the President's term of office. Under the old constitute ion, Mr. Marcos would have been forced to resign on December 31st, when his second four-year term as President runs out.
The government lifted martial law restrictions this week to allow free debate of the issue. No opposition speakers, however, are reported to have appeared at any of the rallies held throughout the country.
Government supporters are already predicting an overwhelming vote of confidence in President Marcos and his plans to reform the Philippines.
Filipinos aged 15 years and above, whether literate or illiterate, are required by law to vote under pain of maximum of six months imprisonment if they abstain.