Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos on July 23 dismissed speculation that a return to martial law was imminent, and appealed to the opposition not to support subversion and terrorism out of hate for his government.
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"To this historic inauguration of this parliament of the nation, I bring the hopes and prayers of our people, that it will live out its term."
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Background: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos on July 23 dismissed speculation that a return to martial law was imminent, and appealed to the opposition not to support subversion and terrorism out of hate for his government. The statement was made as part of the President's address to the National Assembly. He was speaking shortly after police used tear gas and truncheons in central Manila to break up a demonstration by thousands of trade unionists and students demanding an end to his 19-year rule. Police moved in after Manila's mayor, Ramon Bagatsing, withdrew permission for the demonstration. Wearing gas masks and swinging clubs, they chased protestors as they ran and stumbled in the acrid fumes that filled the air. At least one protestor was seen bleeding from the head, while five others were treated in hospital for minor cuts, bruises and gas inhalation. Minutes after the protest was broken up by police another five thousand protestors regrouped and marched towards a university a few kilometres away. As they marched they chanted "Marcos, Hitler, Dictator puppet", watched by hundreds of cheering bystanders. Police were apparently not aware of the march and at one point demonstrators overturned a government jeep and set fire to it.
Source: REUTERS MANILA (U)