President Ferdinand Marcos appeared with cabinet ministers on the Filipino national television on November 26, to sign the government's budge for 1985.
1. SV Marcos at table with books before him signing autographs and dedications (3 shots) 0.21
2. GV People look on, CU Marcos signing books (4 shots) 0.32
3. GV Marcos greeting crowd which applauds 0.38
4. GV Imelda Marcos at right, Marcos seated with guests 0.42
5. CU Newspaper PULL BACK TO SVs Imelda on right, Marcos seated, people rise and applaud (4 shots) 0.53
6. GV Marcos seated, with people standing in front 0.56
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Background: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
President Ferdinand Marcos appeared with cabinet ministers on the Filipino national television on November 26, to sign the government's budge for 1985. It was is first appearance at an official function since he was rumoured to have fallen seriously ill some ten days previously. The television clip, lasting about a minute, showed President Marcos seated at his desk, surrounded by several ministers and members of the National Assembly. Midway through the film, the camera focused on a copy of one of the day's newspapers, evidently to prove the pictures were up-to-date. The group of ministers included Defence Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, Assembly Speaker Nicanor Yniguez, Deputy Prime Minister Jose Rono and Mrs Imelda Marcos. This was the first time the 67-year-old Marcos had presided at an official function sine he dropped from public view on November 14. His absence had sparked rumours that he was seriously ill and dying, or undergoing surgery for kidney and heart problems. A presidential physician, Dr Eduardo Jamora, said on November 22 that President marcos had been showing signs of influenza, and was in isolation to prevent risks of infection. On the same day, government television showed a clip of Mr. Marcos undergoing a medical checkup at the presidential palace in Manila but despite this many feared that the president's health was seriously failing.