President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines came under fire from two quarters yesterday (Sunday). Ten?
President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines came under fire from two quarters yesterday (Sunday). Ten thousand demonstrators accused him of neglecting poverty in the country, while three political prisoners complained to him in person that the government was holding them without cause.
The demonstrators, mostly young people, straggled into Manila after a five-day march to protest against poverty in the country. They also denounced what they described as the 'fascist tendencies' of the Marcos government.
Waving red banners, the demonstrators caused chaos to traffic as they clogged the streets of Manila. The demonstrators were described as student radicals and representatives of worker and peasant organisations.
The marathon march ended with a mass rally in a square where speakers spoke out against poverty, fascism, corruption and foreign imperialism.
Meanwhile, at a police camp, President Marcos visited three political prisoners who are among those being held without formal charges under a presidential proclamation suspending the writ of habeas corpus.
President Marcos told one of them, television commentator Roger Arrienda, that they were not being held on merely whimsical charges, but on what he called 'very serious evidence.'
He assured them they would be given an opportunity to offer evidence in their defence at a summary hearing which he promised for later this week.