Filipino citizens have been holding a series of anti-government demonstrations in and around the capital, Manila, to coincide with a United Nations 'Human Rights Week'.
GV/SVs Demonstrators, some with yellow T-shirts, walking in a circle, with banners and placards at gate of Camp Aguinaldo, (4 shots)
SV Protest spokesman handling out leaflets to army officers
GV Demonstrators holding huge banner and others with placards demanding individual civil rights (7 shots)
MENGIOLA BRIDGE, MANILA:
SV Sihahis Ocampo, daughter of journalist Satur Ocampo speaking (ENGLISH SOT)
SV Demonstrators with banners
MALACANANG PALACE: DECEMBER 8:
GV/SVs/CU President Marcos, with cabinet ministers and his wife, baring his chest to show no sign of surgery (10 shots)
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT: (SEQUENCE FOUR):
OCAMPO: "I'd just like President Marcos to give me back my daddy for Christmas. My daddy is Satur Ocampo, who is detained in Camp Bagong Diwa, and he has been detained for eight years, going on nine years."
Background: Filipino citizens have been holding a series of anti-government demonstrations in and around the capital, Manila, to coincide with a United Nations 'Human Rights Week'. There were to sets of protests on December 6. In the morning, demonstrators gathered outside the gates of Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, headquarters of the armed forces, to demand the release of political prisoners. They were protesting at a recent military court decision to sentence to death three men and a woman linked with an alleged plot to assassinate President Ferdinand Marcos five years ago. They were also demanding that armed forces chief, General Fabian Ver, be charged with the murder of Opposition leader Benigno Aquino. An inquiry commission investigating the case concluded General Ver and 25 others were indictable for the murder of Aquino at Manila Airport on August 21 last year. Ver, a confidant of President Marcos, went on leave of absence after the publication of the commission's report. In the afternoon of December 6, children took part in a protest at Mendiola Bridge, outside the entrance to the Malacanang presidential palace. Most of the children were carrying placards demanding the release of their relatives. Twelve-year old Sihahis Ocampo said her father, a journalist, had been in jail for more than eight years. The demonstrations took place amid conflicting rumours about President Marcos's health. The rumours were dispelled on December 8, when Marcos bared his chest to show cabinet minister and televisions viewers he had no surgical scars. He began a cabinet meeting by hoisting his shirt to dispel rumours that he might have undergone major surgery in his heart or kidney, and that he needed a tracheotomy. Widespread rumours about Marco's health had been fed by his usual absence from public view since November 14. The palace and members of his family aid this was because he was suffering from influenza, accompanied by asthma and allergies.