President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines says he will lift martial law there 'soon' -- depending on the results of a referendum to be held later this month.
SV INTERIOR Filipino President Marcos at news conference, Manila
SV President Marcos speaking (English speech on film)
SV Reporters seated PAN TO President Marcos
SV President Marcos speaking (English speech only film)
FILIPINO PRESIDENT FERDINAND MARCOS: "First of all it means that those stations can no longer be called U.S. military bases, but Philippine military bases. It means there must be a Philippine commander and not a U.S. armed forces commander. It means that only the planes of the Philippines should fly over this territory because it is Philippines territory. It means that form our point of view there should be rules and regulations issued by the Philippines military commander as to how the (indistinct) should be utilised in the bases without perhaps, ah, moving into the territory of (indistinct) operations of unties that may be based in these facilities. You know something that incidentally the last one if something that still has to be legislated. We don't know exactly where one ends and the other begins. From our point of view sovereignty is not negotiable."
MARCOS: "But I have always been of the belief that Thailand would be capable of handling its own internal problems, including subversion, a problem with which all members of our (indistinct) is confronted. I still believe that Thailand will be able to attend to its problems and solve its more urgent problem of disorder, possibly anarchy."
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Background: President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines says he will lift martial law there 'soon' -- depending on the results of a referendum to be held later this month.
SYNOPSIS: Speaking to foreign newsmen covering the International Monetary Fund meeting, President Marcos also denied any threat to Filipino sovereignty form the U.S. military presence there.
President Marcos was also asked for his reaction to last week's right-wing military coup in Thailand. Eh made it clear that he was against any outside interference in Thailand' internal problems.