The twelve Philippine opposition parties of the recently formed United Nationalist Democratic Organisation (UNIDO) met on May 26 to outline the policies which they hope will eventually defeat President Marcos.
GVs Assemblyman Salvador H. Laurel and other party members seated at the Philippine Columbian Club in Manila, Laurel speaking (ENGLISH SOT)
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SENATOR LAUREL: "There is no immediate need to convert ourselves into a single political party because there is no real election in sight. All previous election have been rigged. When our demands for free, honest, and orderly elections were rejected, we boycotted the last presidential election. If our demands are again rejected, we will have two options: to boycott again or to participate, knowing that we will be cheated, in which case we will have to go to the polls and be ready to defend the sanctity of the ballot. The UNIDO has been transformed into a compact and tightly-knit organisation, capable of transforming itself at will into a political party, if and when needed or desired. Instead of the previous loose alliance, we now have a written platform, articles of coalition and by-laws."
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Background: The twelve Philippine opposition parties of the recently formed United Nationalist Democratic Organisation (UNIDO) met on May 26 to outline the policies which they hope will eventually defeat President Marcos. At the same meeting the coalition's council of leaders confirmed the election of Senator Salvador H. Laurel as president. Addressing the meeting, Senator Laurel stressed the commitment of UNIDO to nationalism and democracy. He also outlined five points which he called the Coalition's "paramount objectives". These include an end to President Marcos' administration, concern for human rights, the reform and development of the economy, the removal of alleged corruption in public office and the maintenance of friendly relations with all nations. Senator Laurel said if UNIDO decided to participate in elections it would easily merge into a single political party. The first poll the coalition could contest would be the National Assembly elections due in 1984.