MANILA & CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES
A campaign aide to a member of the United National Democratic Organisation (UNIDO), contesting the National Assembly elections in the Philippines, was found dead in North Manila on May 18.
MANILA & CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES
MANILA (CHANNEL SEVEN AUSTRALIA)
1. SVs Aurora Pijuan-Manatoc, former wife of President Marcos's son-in-law, with other mourners beside coffin of Ernesto Cionelo. (3 SHOTS) 0.09
2. SCU Aurora Pijuan-Manatoc speaking. (SOT) 0.42
CEBU CITY (SILVA)
3. GV & SV People in central square. (2 SHOTS) 0.51
4. GV & SVs Banners and posters and remnants of barricade after demonstration. (5 SHOTS) 1.00
5. GVs Debris scattered across road. (4 SHOTS) 1.26
6. GV & SV People gathered outside Cebu hospital. (2 shots) 1.36
7. SVs & GVs Injured in hospital beds. (4 SHOTS) 1.57
TRANSCRIPT: PIJUAN-MANATOC: (SEQ 2) "I am beginning now to wonder how, what else I can do to prevent this, because I can't let it go at that either, I have to keep on fighting justice. But in the course of all that, these people are risking their lives. So I am in a dilemma about what to do next. I know I have to keep on fighting, but I've just been warning everyone who has been exposed, to please go into hiding."
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Background: MANILA & CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES
A campaign aide to a member of the United National Democratic Organisation (UNIDO), contesting the National Assembly elections in the Philippines, was found dead in North Manila on May 18. The dead man, Ernesto Cionelo, aged 24, had been a construction worker before becoming a political aide to Aurora Pijuan-Manatoc, who was formerly married to President Ferdinand Marcos's son-in-law. Pijuan-Manatoc was narrowly defeated by Ruperto Gaite, candidate of the ruling New Society Movement (KBL). The victim was said to have died from a single bullet between the eyes. His body was found behind a school. Pijuan-Manatoc expressed her distress over the death and also voiced concern about the level of violence during the election. She said on May 19 that she would carry on campaigning for the restoration of democracy, despite what had happened. On May 20, she attended Cionelo's funeral in Manila. Violence during election, had not been confined to the capital. Streets in Cebu City, on May 20, were littered with banners, posters and the remnants of barricades following a night of violence in which at least one person died. Hospital sources confirmed the death, and said six people were wounded during a match staged to demand the suspension of vote-counting in the May 18 election. Witnesses claimed police first used water cannon to disperse the demonstrators, but resorted to guns when they ran out of water. According to opposition sources, the march was called for after six opposition candidates in Cebu Province learned that official figures showed them trailing behind candidates of the ruling New Society Movement. They had earlier been leading the count, according to unofficial figures. UNIDO, which had complained of widespread electoral fraud, demanded re-polling in 16 provinces, saying that vote-buying and terror tactics had cheated the opposition of victory.
Source: CHANNEL SEVEN (AUSTRALIA)/REUTERS - MANUEL SILVA