INTRODUCTION: Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos has been nominated by his ruling party to run again for the presidency on June 16.
GV Manila hotel with people gathered outside.
GV PAN Chanting crowds with flags.
SV "Marcos For President" banner.
SV INT Mrs Marcos carrying bouquet of flowers which she puts on the table.
SV President Marcos waving to crowd from stage as audience applauds. (2 SHOTS)
SCU President Marcos speaking and ZOOM OUT TO Mrs Marcos and Foreign Minister Carlos Romulo clapping.
GV PAN Audience continues applause.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
MARCOS:"Although in a sense of fulfillment that I accept the nomination that in your judgment you make me the standard bearer of the KBL once again."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos has been nominated by his ruling party to run again for the presidency on June 16. Accepting the nomination at a party convention on Saturday (25 April), Mr. Marcos described it as a mandate for the continuation of his policies. He is likely to be the only candidate in the election, rejecting the political opposition's demands for an extension of the campaign period.
Hundreds of supporters of the president's New Society Movement (KBL) gathered outside the Manila hotel where the convention took place. President Marcos was nominated for a second term in office soon after the opposition announced they would boycott the election because it wouldn't be "free and fair". The opposition comprises nine political parties, all grouped within the United Democratic Opposition party (UNIDO).
The 63-year-old President, who has ruled the country for 16 years, recently ended eight years of martial law.
President Marcos says that even without opposition he'd campaign as if he had a strong opponent.