The Philippines will have martial law for at least another eighteen months. President Ferdinand Marcos?
GV: Villa San Miguel official residence of Archbishop of Manila Jaime Sin/SIN: "Contrary to certain reports I have not asked the President to step down. At least not immediately certainly not now. For one thing, there is no rule of succession ???. And if the President were to withdraw from office, there could ensue a bloody and chaotic struggle for power. Surely not one of us wants that. What I do want the President to do is to announce formally to he people, how much time he will need to tie up looseand to prepare the machinery for the holding of a national election. And when he does call the elections I would want him to give an unconditional guarantee that he elections would be free and orderly and peaceful."
CU INTERIOR: Cardinal Sin speaking in English
GV INTERIOR: President Marcos holding news conference at the Malacanang Palace (Silent shot)
SCU: President Marcos speaking to newsmen/MARCOS: "My original plans were to lift martial law in 1979, not later than 1979. But we're giving ourselves another eighteen months to study the situation. If the economic crisis doesn't become tragic, doesn't have tragic consequences then I suppose within eighteen months we should be able to settle the secessionist movement, there will be time to study the question of lifting martial law, either fully or partially."
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Background: The Philippines will have martial law for at least another eighteen months. President Ferdinand Marcos who'd said he'd end it this year, now says the time isn't right. he told a news conference on Friday (14 September) intelligence reports indicated it wouldn't be wise to lift martial law at the moment, because of the effect of the world economic crisis on the Philippines and he continued civil unrest by moslem secessionists in the south of the country. The Philippines have been under martial law for seven years and President Marcos has come under increasing pressure to dismantle his martial law regime and set a firm timetable for a return to normality. Much of the pressure has come from Church leaders, including the Archbishop of Manila Cardinal Jaime Sin..
SYNOPSIS: Speaking from his official residence Cardinal Sin said a timetable was essential.
Later at his own news conference in the Malacanang Palace President Marcos explained his decision to continue with martial law.