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    In the Philippines on Monday (June 12), President Ferdinand Marcos began an experiment in limited parliamentary democracy.

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    SCU President Ferdinand marcos speaking in English

    GV President Marcos addressing assembly (speech continues over) and delegates applaud (four shots)

    MARCOS: "And perhaps most noteworthy of all, we committed ourselves to the task of returning power to our people and rebuilding our political life and the grassroots, through the creation of the 'Pambansa' and the citizens' assemblies...(indistinct). In all of these aims, our actions went beyond the writing or re-writing of laws, to the implementation of programmes and the achievement of goals. And the vision of our news society did not fail to pass the smallest sector of the nation. Taken together, all these spell a building of national capabilities, a consolidation of the national will for our development effort, which, in the event, injected new dynamism and purpose into our national life. My greatest accomplishment as a person will lie in having been able to save the nation from being...(indistinct) of inept legislation. My greatest accomplishment will lie in being able to say, at the end of the day, that because of an alert and competent legislature, I did not have to sue any of my standby powers to affect necessary and urgent legislation."

    President Marcos said on Tuesday (June 13) that his administration was being purged of old and inefficient officials. He gave no figures, but said that those being removed would also include people convicted of crimes or who had expressed a desire to resign. Almost three years ago, the President dismissed thousands of government, who he describes as "the notoriously undesirable".

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    Background: In the Philippines on Monday (June 12), President Ferdinand Marcos began an experiment in limited parliamentary democracy. The President, sworn in as the Philippines' first Prime minster since the declaration of martial law nearly six years ago, addressed the opening session of the country's interim parliament. He also swore in his 37-member cabinet, including his wife, Imelda, as Minister for Human Ecology and Settlement.

    SYNOPSIS: In his 90 minute speech, President Marcos emphasised that he retained the right to legislate by decree, alongside or instead of the interim body at any time. However, he described the move as a shift from authoritarianism to liberalism.

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