Thousands of anti-government demonstrators poured into the centre of Manila on January 31, after being held up by the authorities on the city's northern limits for three days.
MANILA JANUARY 28
GV Police with riot shield block road.
GV PAN FROM Crowd TO paramilitary police with riot shields form up.
SVs "Butz" Aquino with joggers approaches military officer who stops them. (2 SHOTS)
GV Police and military with large crowds.
SV Military blocking road.
SV Joggers waiting with flags bearing picture of assassinated Benigno Aquino.
GV Manila International Airport building. Riot police and military arrive.
LV Aircraft on tarmac; riot police leaving vehicles.
MEYCAUAYAN JANUARY 30
GV Military blocking road.
CU Aquino's mother Aurora, dressed in black, arriving, followed by Cory Aquino, Benigno's widow, in grey.
SVs Crowds, including joggers, sitting outside church, clapping and chanting. (3 SHOTS)
CU Cory Aquino speaks to crowd (SOT); crowd; poster "Lord please save our country". (4 SHOTS)
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Background: Thousands of anti-government demonstrators poured into the centre of Manila on January 31, after being held up by the authorities on the city's northern limits for three days. The demonstration had begun as a jog on January 27 from Tarlac, the home of the assassinated opposition Senator, Benigno Aquino. Government troops and police blocked the main highway leading into the capital the day after the jog began. The protest was led by Benigno Aquino' younger brother, Agapito, known as "Butz", who intended to take the demonstration to the airport. Later, a compromise was reached with the authorities, allowing the joggers into the city centre. Tens of thousands of onlookers cheered the demonstrators as they made their way to the main business district. "Butz" Aquino said a small group would make a symbolic march to the airport the following day. The protesters and camped in the main square of Meycauayan while they were held up by the authorities. Benigno Aquino's mother Aurora, and his widow, Cory, walked round the road block and joined them. Cory Aquino made a short speech. The start of the jog had been timed to coincide with a national plebiscite on constitutional changes, which include the restoration of the Vice-Presidency, abolished by Marcos in 1972. "Butz" Aquino said the official figure of 70 percent turnout was inflated, and the real one was about 30 per cent. The outcome was expected after a few days.