PHILIPPINES: Marcos Wins His Election Battle

But his opposition scores some points too

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos should have been pleased. In an election for 165 seats in the interim National Assembly—the first such vote since 1972, when Marcos imposed martial law and rule by decree—his New Society Movement had made what the President himself called "a clean sweep." In Manila, where the election had turned into an emotionally charged referendum on martial law itself, Marcos' stalwarts took all 21 seats over the energetic opposition Laban Party. Marcos' wife Imelda was the biggest vote getter, but even the last-place Marcos partisan ran 300,000 votes better than Laban...

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