Security Forces in the Philippines raided a Catholic mission near Manila this week (April 11) and seized large quantities of documents for expert analysis.
Security Forces in the Philippines raided a Catholic mission near Manila this week (April 11) and seized large quantities of documents for expert analysis. A military spokesman said the papers belonged to an organiser of a recent protest march and were seized in the Jesuit Priests' Loyala House of Studies. A second raid on the home of an opposition candidate in last week's elections resulted in the confiscation of a firearm and documents, according to security forces. The Authorities have charged that the house was used as a refuge by the underground communist New People's Army (NPA).
SYNOPSIS: Other action by the authorities includes the arrest of four opposition candidates, two civil rights lawyers and some 600 other people who took part in a peaceful protest march last Sunday (9 April). The demonstrators were protesting against alleged vote-rigging in the elections, which saw the Government's New Society Movement claim an overwhelming victory. Those arrested are reported to face charges of sedition and incitement to sedition.
The authorities claim the demonstrators carried posters and shouted slogans calling for revolution. It was also alleged that police found small home-made explosives. However, foreign correspondents who observed the march-which was sponsored by a moderate group calling itself the "People's Alternative"-reported they did not see posters, nor hear any seditious language. They say that the marchers' shouts were for the Opposition People's Power Party, and that folk songs were sung. President Ferdinand Marcos has charged that subversives are planning a full-scale armed offensive after the first elections in six years of martial law. Some 85,000 precincts voted last Friday (April 7), but the Government's Election Commission has yet to declare more than a fraction of the results. About 40 per cent of the votes announced to date have been polled by the opposition party, led from jail by former Senator, Benigno Aquino, who has called the results a moral victory for his party.