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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 10A New Braunfelsjexas December Phiilipines highest court allows presidential election MANILA AP The Supreme Court today voted 75 to reject peti tions seeking to halt Februarys special clearing the way for the opposition to challenge President Ferdinand Marcos at the Now the people can begin coun ting the last few days of the Marcos the oppositions vice presidential Salvador said In a statement shortly after the ruling was The court cannot stand In the way of letting the people decide through their either to give Incumbent president a new mandate or to elect a new Justice Claudio Teehankee said in a comment attached to the The justices rejected 10 petitions filed against the special which Marcos called to show critics at home and abroad that his 20yearold regime still has popular The which had held hearings on the issue Tues day and announced the decision in a brief resolution that did not include the justices The 13th member of the court was on leave and did not take part in the The election goes Justice Hermogenes Concep Thirty hostages being held in French courtroom cion told The Associated Press as he left the room where the court If the vote had gone the other the court would have issued an injunction against the schedul ed more than 13 months before Marcos current sixyear term Various political and legal groups filed petitions with the Supreme Court questioning the election on grounds that Marcos has not yet vacated the the constitution provides that a special election may be held before Marcos mandate expires In 1987 only if the presidency becomes vacant through permanent impeachment or Marcos tendered his resignation last effective only after the winner is sworn He has said he expects to Laurel was campaigning south of Manila with opposi tion presidential candidate Corazon Aquino when the decision His statement was phoned by an aide to his Manila Marcos was attending the funeral of former Foreign Minister Carlos Opposition leaders had said they thought the courts decision might be delayed so Marcos could sway the court to halt the election if he thought he was doing poorly and allow It to go ahead if he thought he would All of the justices were appointed by but they do not always agree with After the some opposition leaders said Marcos still has several options to call off the election if he fears he will He could declare martial law or claim that domestic disorder would prevent a free they Marcos also could question the qualification of Aquino on grounds of opponents The widow of assassinated opposition leader Benigno she lived for three years in the United States before retur ning home In 1983 after her husbands The constitution requires that a presidential candidate reside for at least 10 years in the Philippines immediately before an France AP Four defendants in a robbery trial and an armed accomplice took about 30 peo ple hostage today in a witnesses and police Police said the accomplice disarm ed a police officer and entered the courtroom with a gun and a grenade during the trial of the other They said the four defendants then quickly disarmed other officers in the The five reportedly were demanding to make a state ment on and police said a crew from a local television station entered the courtroom at about an hour after the standoff One witness said three shots were apparently as but no one appeared to have been Police said the hostages included Judge Dominique 45 witnesses and a group of law students observing the trial in the western French The courthouse was ringed with police wearing bulletproof and a crisis center was set up at the local prefects The four defendants were iden tified as three Georges Cour Patrick Yannick and a Christelle All four were charged with armed criminal association and possession of stolen During Wednesdays opening ses sion of the the leader of the alleged told the court You are finding me guilty once But understand that prison for me is The gunmen allowed one of the law students to leave after she said she was The identified only as 21yearold told reporters who seemed to be the appeared very deter Nathalie said she and 14 other students were observing the She said the defendants ac complice burst into the courtroom at about 11 5 EST and forc ed five police officers to surrender their He then handed the weapons to Courtois and They made us sit on the benches and gave us chewing the stu dent She said Courtois told the hostages that his accomplice was a Moslem and asked if there were any Jews on the w New Braunfels National employees cordially invite you to attend an open house holiday Come Friday afternoon December 1985 for refreshments and a look at our two beautifully decorated Christmas trees here in Comal Counti We II miss you if you dont CROW FIRESTONE 793 San Antonio ON SALE NOW Complete Quality Home System output 40 watts per tuning 6 FM year warranty 2 Year 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