More than 50,000 protestors, demanding the resignation of President Ferdinand Marcos jogged to Manila Airport on February 5 to pay tribute to opposition leader Benigno Aquino, murdered at the airport moments after arriving from the United States on August 24.
GV Joggers en route through Makati district, ticker tape falling (2 shots)
CU Agapito Aquino with torch leading marchers
GV Manila airport and security forces (2 shots)
SCU Security forces forming line preventing joggers from proceeding
SV Butz Aquino talking with Police Chief, Brig. Gen Ruben Escarcha
GV PAN Demonstrators waiting
SV Butz Aquino speaking to crowd (in Tagalog)
TV PAN Crowd with clenched fists, singing, police watching
SV Butz Aquino plus friends walking on tarmac
SV/CUs Circle of protestors, listening to Butz Aquino speaking (3 shots)
SV/CUs Crowd with upraised hands, banners, with Butz Aquino singing (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE 11):
BUTZ AQUINO: "We've marched from (indistinct) and experienced first hand the abuse of military power. Not once, or twice, or thrice, but four times, However, by your supreme sacrifice, we have been involved in the fight. One minute's silent prayer."
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Background: More than 50,000 protestors, demanding the resignation of President Ferdinand Marcos jogged to Manila Airport on February 5 to pay tribute to opposition leader Benigno Aquino, murdered at the airport moments after arriving from the United States on August 24. The demonstrators, including thousands of yellow-shirted joggers running with huge "ATOM" (August 21st Movement) streamers, made their way through the Makati District -- Manila's financial centre -- where thousands of cheering supporters showered confetti on the procession. Hundreds of riot police lined the 75-mile (110 kilometre) route from the former senator's birthplace in Tarlac to the airport. Altogether troops halted the 10-day pilgrimage four times, but they lifted a final four-hour airport blockade to allow some Aquino supporters access to the tarmac just five minutes before the protestors' deadline expired. Aquino's younger brother, Agapito 'Butz' Aquino, negotiated the marchers' safe passage with General Ruben Escarcha, the Southern Region's police chief. Riot police looked on as the demonstrators, with clenched fists held high, sang in memory of their fallen hero. Butz Aquino addressed the crowd and pledged to continue his brother's struggle against the ruling Marcos Government. Among those who joined the marchers on their last run was Mrs Saturnina Galman, who son Rolando was described by government sources as a hired killer who assassinated Aquino last summer. Philippine opposition parties are united in dismissing the government's claim as a cover-up.