Unofficial returns on May 15 indicated that the opposition Unido party and independent candidates, were leading in 90 of 154 National Assembly seats in the Philippine elections.
MAY 14 & 15: NBC: (COMMENTARY):
1. GVs NIGHT SCENES Opposition supporters celebrating (SOT) (3 shots) 0.17
2. SV & CU Opposition candidate Eva Kalow speaking (SOT) (2 shots) 0.30
3. GV Opposition supporters cheering in square 0.35
4. SV & CU Injured opposition supporters at hospital (2 shots) 0.40
5. SV PAN FROM Onlooker TO empty ballot boxes 0.45
6. SV & CUs Woman showing reporter discarded ballot papers and speaking with reporter (SOT) (4 shots) 0.58
7. SVs Marcos opponent surrounded by her supporters (3 shots) 1.24
MAY 15: SILVA:
8. SCUs President Marcos speaking with overlaid scenes of voting (SOT) (8 shots) 3.13
EVA KALOW (SEQ. 2): "If he insists on carrying on his tyrannical ways it might be necessary to impeach him.")
REPORTER: (SEQ. 6): "There are hundreds of these, they are complete with thumb-prints."
WOMAN: "Yes, these were once inside the ballot box."
REPORTER: "So the assumption is that these were just thrown out and replaced by some other ballots."
MARCOS: (SEQ. 8): "The voting in some centres of population like Manila, Quezon City, Zamboanga (indistinct) but they have lost in the countryside. Cities are sending the message to the effect that the media has certainly succeeded in turning some of our people against us. And this has been going on for about nine months ever since the Aquino slaying, ever since the economical crisis. What do I intend to do about it? I'm going to engage in some kind of information campaign too. From all accounts, including that of the opposition, they are going to win about 45 seats in the Assembly, but we are going to win about 138, 140 give one or two on either side. We therefore have preponderant majority in the National Assembly. These election result also indicate there is no attempt by government to cheat or turn the results, and I am certain this will be to the good of everybody. These statements to the effect that the killing may have been done by the military, this is completely wrong of course, these killing that we have reported are killings by the Communists and the boycotters. Now we have heard a rebellion here which was neutralised by the government in 1972 and now it's re-acquired some light because of the economic crisis."
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Background: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Unofficial returns on May 15 indicated that the opposition Unido party and independent candidates, were leading in 90 of 154 National Assembly seats in the Philippine elections. Official results were not expected for several days. But the National Citizen's Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) said opposition candidates were leading in nearly all contests in metropolitan Manila. Unofficial results there started trickling through during the night after the May 14 election -- leading to jubilant scenes of celebrations in the streets. The total number of seats contested was 183, and in the previous Assembly opposition candidates held only 17. Some opposition members feared that divisions in their ranks might have harmed their chances. The opposition to the Marcos government, and his New Society Movement (KBL), was strengthened after the still-unresolved killing of opposition leader Benigno Aquino last year. The assassination coincided with a deepening economic crisis. Although Aquino's widow campaigned for opposition candidates, other Unido supporters called for a boycott of any elections held under the government of President Ferdinand Marcos. The turnout at the polls was, however, unofficially estimated at 80 per cent. The polling was accompanied by violence in many parts of the country. Communist guerrillas killed 17 soldiers in an ambush and nine people were killed in a gun battle between rival supporters on Panay Island. The Manila hospital treated people throughout the day who claimed they had been beaten by Marcos supporters. There were also allegations of voting irregularities from watchdog groups, and one reporter was shown discarded ballot papers that had been found in the street. President Marcos, in a statement on May 15, claimed that "the media has succeeded in turning some of our people against us." He also asserted the results would show that the government had not interfered in the polling.
Source: NBC AND REUTERS - MANUEL SILVA