The people of the Philippines on Wednesday (30 January) have their first elections since President Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law more than seven years ago.
SV: Mrs. Imelda Marcos walks on to dais at electioneering meeting
SV PAN: Officials seated on dais TO Mrs. Marcos speaking
SV: Conference delegates applauding
SCU: Mrs. Marcos speaking and TILT DOWN TO audience applauding
SV: Mrs. Marcos leading patriotic hymn singing.
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Background: The people of the Philippines on Wednesday (30 January) have their first elections since President Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law more than seven years ago. In the days leading up to the polls, it's been the President's wife, Mrs Imelda Marcos who has led the campaign supporting government-backed candidates.
SYNOPSIS: The Philippines has not seen electioneering like this since the martial law decree in 1972. The occasion is seen as significant enough to grant a four-day national holiday. Campaigning has been enthusiastic but not violent and to make sure it stays that way, there's a total ban on alcohol for the entire four-day election period.
At this rally, it was Mrs Marcos and not her husband who led the government-endorsed candidates contesting the posts of mayor, deputy mayor and the councillors for San Juan, Manila.
The elections are essentially for local government. Polls have been organised for the selection of provincial governors, mayor and deputy mayors, and their councillors.
The event itself is seen as the first move to ease the constriction of martial law, although President Marcos has said that won't be possible, in total, until at least this time next year.