In the Philippines, hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Manila on August 31 for the funeral of opposition leader Benigno Aquino, who was murdered when he arrived home from self-exile ten days earlier.
1. SV Cardinal Jaime Sin delivering sermon at former opposition Senator Benigno Aquino's funeral in Manila. (English SOT) 0.10
2. GV Mourners applaud sermon. 0.13
3. GV ZOOM TO SV Cardinal Sin, with retinue of priests, blessing Aquino's coffin. 0.24
4. GV Huge crowds carrying placards which read: 'His Death Must Not Be In Vain' follow funeral procession, shouting Aquino's nickname 'Ninoy'. (5 SHOTS) 0.44
5. GV Crowd brandishing huge placard which reads: 'Justice For Ninoy, Justice For all victims of Political Repression (Military Terrorism). (2 SHOTS) 0.50
6. GV People along street and on rooftops as procession moves past. 0.54
7. GV/SV Coffin on truck, flanked by men raising fists, slowly moving down crowded street. (4 SHOTS) 1.28
TRANSCRIPT: SIN: (SEQ 1) "It was because of the desire to come home, one of the most powerful drives of the Filipino."
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Background: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
In the Philippines, hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Manila on August 31 for the funeral of opposition leader Benigno Aquino, who was murdered when he arrived home from self-exile ten days earlier. Cardinal Jaime Sin, leader of the country's 42 million Roman Catholics, led the funeral service, pleading for peace and national reconciliation. Cardinal Sin said former Senator Aquino wished to come home, not for confrontation, but for reconciliation, adding that Aquino's death personified Filipino courage in the face of oppression. The senator's family had flown home from the United States for the ceremony, attended by many senior diplomats and thousands of people. But there were no representatives of President Ferdinand Marcos's government. Crowds carrying anti-government placards followed the coffin in a procession which stretched for nearly four kilometres (two miles). Police deliberately kept a low profile, although riot squads were said to be on standby. No incidents were reported, despite the number of mourners who escorted the garlanded coffin, borne on a ten-wheel truck, along its 27 kilometre (15-mile) route to a cemetery south of the capital, Manila. The crowds were so dense that the journey lasted for nearly twelve hours.
Source: REUTERS - MANUEL SILVA