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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 27, 1986, Tokyo, Japan 2 PACIFIC STARS AND STRIPES FEBRUARY 1986 RP in uncertain transition By Jack Reed United Press International MANILA The downfall of Presi dent Ferdinand Marcos and the rise of Corazon Aquino marks the begin ning of an uncertain transition for a people whose lives have been control led by one man for 20 Aquino has vowed to put the Philip pines on the road to recovery from its worst economic crisis since World War II and implement policies aimed at crushing a worrisome Communist insurgency that made unprecedented gains in the final years of the Marcos She has inherited formidable lega Recognize cies a record billion a currency worth less than half what it was two years a force of Communist guerrillas and a system rife with In the campaign leading up to the 7 Aquino outlined how she intended to deal swiftly with what she regarded as the more notorious evils that Marcos had been unable to The first was carried out Tuesday when Marcos agreed to step down in exchange for safe passage out of the Aquinos popularly elected government took though in an unconventional ending 14 years of authoritarian rule that began when Marcos imposed martial law in Aquinos elevation to the presiden cy began the process of distributing to the people the enormous power previously held by one She has pledged to go further to deal with the insurgency and called for a sixmonth ceasefire and negotiations with leaders of the rebel The Communist leaders ear lier suggested the election was a contest between local reac Aquino also has vowed to im mediately release all political prison ers in the believed to num ber about If the Communists renounce vio Aquino has said she will work toward a legalization of the Commun ist Party of the Aquinos principal weapon in aid ing the economy after two years of negative growth rests with a restora tion of confidence in the govern including clear economic guidelines and changing laws and rules that have favored Marcoss closest business Aquinos foreign policy is uncer but the United which maintains two of its most strategic military installations in the Philip does not appear overly con From Page 1 commander of the 3rd Air Divi sion at Anderson and Rear Chauncey commander Naval Forces It had also been reported that Marcos was to go dierectly to the Naval Hospital on Guam for a check But the spokesman said Marcos would remain on the air base for an unspecified Shultz said his family and close including would be given safe Shultz lauded Aquino and the Filipino people for resolving the crisis with little We praise the decision of Presi dent Reason and compassion have prevailed in ways that best serve Marcos the Filipino nation and Shultz The secretary struck a positive note as he opened his ignoring at first Marcos fate and The president is pleased with the peaceful transition to a new government of the Philip The United States extends recog nition to this new government headed by President he We pay special tribute to her for her commitment to which has earned her the respect of all He said Marcos left office reluc tantly and would be welcomed in the United although he has not made a decision yet on where he will State Department officials said Marcos might go to his home in Illocos Norte province in northern but they did not know whether that would be a final or an intermediate The new government has been produced by one of the most stirring and courageous examples of the democratic process in modern his Shultz WE HONOR the Filipino The United States stands ready as always to cooperate and assist the Philippines as the government of President Aquino engages the prob lems of economic development and national Shultz Shultz said it is the Filipino people who are the true heroes They have resolved this issue non violently in a way that does them In his long term as Ferdinand Marcos showed himself to be a staunch friend of the United the secretary We are gratified that his departure has come characterized by the dignity and strength that have marked his many years of leader Shultz stressed that this has not been something that the United States has This is something the people of the Philippines have done and we honor them for this outpouring of and we stand ready to work with the new government of President From Page 1 walked into the once heavily barri caded I am afraid that the soldiers of Fidel Ramos will come in and kill us the corporal It was more than an hour after a weeping fellow soldier rushed up to him and said the president was Esperidon happened to be in the office of the palace chaplain when the a hurried in to ask Esperidon said the soldier tearfully asked the Eduardo Eleazar what she should worrying out loud that her mother would have a heart shocked that the presi dent had not told the security detail about his asked the re porter to stay with him in the palace chapel so that opposition soldiers would not harm the dozen or so security guards who sat waiting for orders in the chaplains A nurse at the Malacanang Palace hospital said that the hospital com mander told her and several other nurses to gather their personal pos sessions for a We were told we were going to evacuate a said the We went to get our but when we came back they were The residential which once had barbedwire barricades in place 300 yards from the surrounding stone was wide Jeep after jeep carrying uniformed presidential guards drove out the carrying off personal ONE GUARD carried a suitcase in one hand and an automatic rifle in the Several guards in combat fatigues left carrying possessions wrapped in the was the first to say openly that Marcos had left the palace Eleazar said he had attended Mar cos swearingin at the ceremonial hall of the palace about nine hours at For all his Esperidon still had admiration for his Hes a very religious he But I think there may have been something wrong with I noticed that when the president took he always closed his Their fears about being attacked by Aquino followers turned out to be ESPERIDON AND a friend walked out the gate and melted into a crowd of thousands who were firecrackerthrowing One armored personnel carrier assigned to the presidential guards rumbled out into the street with a white towel tied to its antiaircraft The Aquino merrymakers cheered the When one crew member flashed the thumbsup sign of the Aquino the cheering in and one man climbed up the armored vehicle to hand bread to the 1986 KNT International Service says Aquino supports bases WASHINGTON AP Corazon new leader of the Philip supports the presence of two military bases in her country and believes we are there the Reagan administration said Secretary of State George Shultz said he expects the Philippines to renew the lease on Clark AB and Subic Bay NS when it expires in The among the largest American military complexes outside the United allow the United States to extend its military power into the western Pacific and Clark sits on a reservation of almost while Subic sits within a The administration estimates it would cost billion to billion to relocate the and says the United States would wind up with facilities less strategically Shultz said Aquino has supported the presence of the bases and insofar as I on the basis of things that she has said directly to she has no question in her mind about the fact that we are there President Reagan One can not minimize the importance of those not only to but to the Western world and certainly to the Philippine people UNTIL MARCH SUBSCRIBE NOW BEFORE 1 MARCH 1 986 FOR SIX MONTHS OR MORE AND RECEIVE PACIFIC STARS AND STRIPES DAILY AND WEEKENDS AT THE PER MONTH offer expires on 28 February 1 After 1 March the price will be The 80 page expanded Sunday edition will cost 50t a copy when purchased Pacific Stars and Stripes USPS 417 900 APO San Francisco 96503 Published daily 25 cents per copy or per Second Class postage paid at San
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