In the Philippines, polling in the first election under martial law ended without incident on Friday, (7 April) despite scuffles near voting stations and a noisy demonstrations by opposition supporters.
In the Philippines, polling in the first election under martial law ended without incident on Friday, (7 April) despite scuffles near voting stations and a noisy demonstrations by opposition supporters. President Marcos warned opposition candidates they could be arrested if there was any violence. He told newsmen, however, that he had ordered security forces to exercise restraint. Metropolitan Manila has become the centre of the contest because the President's New Society Movement, led by his wife Imelda, faces its stiffest opposition there against a People's Power Group. The group is led by detained former senator Benigno Aquino, considered to be an arch rival of President Marcos. Mr. Aquino was allowed out of jail to appear on television during the run-up to the elections. During the interview he called the President dictator and denied he had worked for the United States Central Intelligence Agency. He is under sentence of death for alleged subversion and his campaign has been conducted by his wife. In an interview with Visnews reporter Michael Chrisman, President Marcos said he had offered Mr. Aquino a pardon, but it had been refused.