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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Page 10A    Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels,Texas    Thursday, December 19,1985 Phillipines highest court allows presidential election MANILA (AP) — The Supreme Court today voted 7-5 to reject petitions seeking to halt February’s special election, clearing the way for the opposition to challenge President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the polls. “Now the people can begin counting the last few days of the Marcos regime,” the opposition’s vice presidential candidate, Salvador H. Laurel, said in a statement shortly after the ruling was announced. The court “cannot stand in the way of letting the people decide through their ballots, either to give incumbent president a new mandate or to elect a new president,” Justice Claudio Teehankee said in a comment attached to the decision. The justices rejected IO petitions filed against the special election, which Marcos called to show critics at home and abroad that his 20-year-old regime still has popular support. The court, which had held hearings on the issue Tuesday and Wednesday, announced the decision in a brief resolution that did not include the justices’ reasons. The 13th member of the court was on leave and did not take part in the voting. “The election goes on,” Justice Hermogenes Concep- Thirty hostages being held in French courtroom cion told The Associated Press as he left the room where the court voted. If the vote had gone the other way, the court would have issued an injunction against the balloting, scheduled more than 13 months before Marcos’ current six-year term expires. Various civic, political and legal groups filed petitions with the Supreme Court questioning the election on grounds that Marcos has not yet vacated the presidency. The constitution provides that a special election may be held before Marcos’ mandate expires in 1987 only if the presidency becomes vacant through death, permanent incapacity, impeachment or resignation. Marcos tendered his resignation last month, effective only after the winner is sworn in. He has said he expects to win. Laurel was campaigning south of Manila with opposition presidential candidate Corazon Aquino when the decision came. His statement was phoned by an aide to his Manila office. NANTES, France (AP) — Four defendants in a robbery trial and an armed accomplice took about 30 people hostage today in a courtroom, witnesses and police said. Police said the accomplice disarmed a police officer and entered the courtroom with a gun and a grenade during the trial of the other four. They said the four defendants then quickly disarmed other officers in the courtroom. The five reportedly were demanding to make a statement on television, and police said a crew from a local television station entered the courtroom at about noon. an hour after the standoff began. One witness said three shots were fired, apparently as warnings, but no one appeared to have been hit. Police said the hostages included Judge Dominique Bailhache, 45; lawyers, witnesses and a group of law students observing the trial in the western French city. The courthouse was ringed with police wearing bullet-proof jackets, and a crisis center was set up at the local prefect’s office. The four defendants were identified as three men, Georges Cour-tois. 38. Patrick Thiolet, 24, Yanmck Brevet, 31, and a woman. Christelle Dislar, 27. All four were charged with armed robbery, criminal association and possession of stolen goods. During Wednesday’s opening ses sion of the trial, the leader of the alleged gang, Courtois, told the court: “You are finding me guilty once again But understand that prison for me is finished.” The gunmen allowed one of the law students to leave after she said she was ill The student, identified only as 21-year-old Nathalie, told reporters . “Courtois, who seemed to be the leader, appeared very determined.” Nathalie said she and 14 other students were observing the trial. She said the defendants’ accomplice burst into the courtroom at about ll a m. (5 a rn. EST) and forc ed five police officers to surrender their guns. He then handed the weapons to Courtois and Thiolet. “They made us sit on the benches and gave us chewing gum,” the student said. She said Courtois told the hostages that his accomplice was a Moslem and asked if there were any Jews on the jury. Marcos was attending the funeral of former Foreign Minister Carlos P. Homulo. Opposition leaders had said they thought the court’s 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 win. All of the justices were appointed by Marcos, but they do not always agree with him. After the ruling, some opposition leaders said Marcos still has several options to call off the election if he fears he will lose. He could declare martial law or claim that domestic disorder would prevent a free vote, they said. Marcos also could question the qualification of Mrs. Aquino on grounds of residency, opponents said. The widow of assassinated opposition leader Benigno Aquino, she lived for three years in the United States before returning home in 1983 after her husband’s assassination. The constitution requires that a presidential candidate reside for at least IO years in the Philippines immediately before an election. 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