|Title||The Problems in the Philippines|
|Host||Buckley, William F. (William Frank), 1925-2008.|
|Guest(s)||1) Solarz, Stephen J. - Democratic Congressman from New York|
2) Hyde, Henry J. - Republican Congressman from Illinois
|Taped on||Oct 28, 1985 (New York City, NY)|
|Broadcast Date||Nov 1, 1985|
|Duration||60 minutes (or hh:mm:ss)|
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|Summary||Since 1977, when Firing Line had last looked at the Philippines (#S302 and #S303), the new National Assembly had been instituted and, amid charges of fraud, President Marcos's party had won handily, and he has assumed the second position of Premier. Marcos's party had also won the elections of 1984, but he kept putting off a presidential election, even after his principal opponent, Senator Benigno Aquino, was gunned down at Manila airport--on Marcos's instructions, some people alleged. Meanwhile, the Communist insurgency in the countryside was growing stronger. Should we, as Rep. Solarz had urged in Congress, cut off aid to the Philippines unless Marcos implemented serious reforms? What would happen to our military bases there? A serious discussion with two members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who offer parallels ranging from Chiang Kai-shek to the Shah of Iran to election processes in Chicago. One sample: HH: "There are some similarities [between the Philippines and Iran]. There are many more disparities. For example, the role of the church in Iran, the Mullahs, can hardly be equated with the role of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. The reforms that we want Marcos to make are a return, a reversion, to the democracy that for a while flourished in the Philippines, whereas the reforms that were being urged on the Shah went in the other direction. As a matter of fact, the Shah didn't get deposed because he didn't reform quickly enough; he reformed too swiftly and too much."|
|Subject Heading(s)||Philippines -- Politics and government -- 1973-1986.|
Philippines -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Philippines.
|Related Document(s)||Type(s): News releases, excerpt, clippings, photos, negatives|
Type(s): Transcript (2 copies)
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