The Paris News from Paris, Texas on March 18, 1985 · Page 7
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The Paris News from Paris, Texas · Page 7

Paris, Texas
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Monday, March 18, 1985
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:8A The Parif New*. Man.. March It. IMS ^^ •••• • •••• Women eyed as Philippine candidates MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Will Imelda Marcos or Corazon Aquino be the next president of the Philippines? Both Mrs. Marcos, the country's first lady, and Mrs. Aquino, the widow of assassinated opposition leader Benigno Aquino, say they will not run. However, there is increasing talk in the capital of a battle between the country's two best-known women for the presidency of the Philippine islands. The election is scheduled for 1987, but critics of President Ferdinand E. Marcos, 67, say that, despite his denials, it may be earlier, possibly this year. Although the Philippines has never had a woman president, women have held most other government posts, including positions as Supreme Court justices. Men are the traditional leaders in Philippine society, but women, who have entered nearly all professions, wield considerable power. Gomez and Nelia Sancho, have led protest marches. Mrs. Marcos' daughter, Imee, sits in the National Assembly along with opposition Assemblywoman Eva Estrada Kalaw, who is also a possible presidential candidate. Most Communist guerrilla bands waging an armed revolt against the government include women, commonly referred to as "Amazons" in military news releases. A militant women's group recently honored 13 women, including some who were allegedly tortured and killed by the military. The government has recently fielded an all-female anti-riot squad, equipped with helmets, shields and clubs. A woman, former juvenile court judge Corazon Agrava, headed a fact-finding board which indicted 25 soldiers and a civilian in the August 1983 Aquino assassination. She didn't concur with the board's majority report, wanting to stop short of naming Ver. Even though Filipino men rarely perform such chores as washing dishes and often get higher pay than women, there has never been much of a women's rights movement in the Philippines. "Women here don't need it," said novelist F. Sionil Jose. "They hold the real power, and they know it." A priest performing a recent wedding between a young American male and a Filipina ad- vised the man in the ceremony to turn over all his paychecks to his wife. "It's the Filipino way," said the Rev. Patricio Lim. Filipino grooms have to pay the wedding expenses. Prominent essayist Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, who now works for Mrs. Marcos as head of a government technology center, wrote in 1963 that women were the power behind most prominent Philippine politicians. "It has often been said that Filipino society is a matriarchy," wrote Mrs. Nakpil. "But it is a kind of underworld matriarchy. Ostensibly, it is a man's world. But the women rule without anybody but themselves knowing it." Mrs. Marcos has refused to comment on the possibility of a race against Mrs. Aquino, whose husband was Marcos' most formidable opponent. "The less said about this, the better," she told a group of reporters. Mrs. Aquino, when asked whether she might run if Mrs. Marcos becomes a candidate, said, "I do not plan my life according to what Imelda Marcos does or does not do." Guaranteed 3 Lines, 7 Days $ 7. Items Under $2.000. Call 785-5538 CASH LOANS up TO $ 200. NOBLE FINANCE 108 N. Main 785-0323 INSULATE NOW BEFORE SUMMER ARRIVES CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATE NANCE INSUIATION CORAZON AQUINO IMELDA MARCOS Mrs. Marcos, 55, says she only wants to support her husband for re-election. Mrs. Aquino, 52, says she. as leader of an opposition coalition, only wants to gain justice for her husband and "restore democracy to the Philippines." But Marcos' early announcement that he will run for re-election in 1987 and his increased activity following several months of medical seclusion have not stopped rumors he may soon yield to his younger and more active wife. Labor Minister Bias Ople said Mrs. Marcos is the most likely contender after Marcos because she is "preeminent in organization resources and personal networks." Mrs. Marcos, a cabinet minister and governor of Metropolitan Manila, has long been the second most powerful figure in her husband's government, overshadowing Prime Minister Cesar Virata. In recent weeks, she has dedicated public markets, met with farmers in their fields, handed out relief goods and announced several new projects. She headed a delegation last week to the funeral of Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko. Mrs. Aquino's insistence that she will not run for any office has also failed to stop speculation she may be drafted by a badly splintered opposition looking for a candidate acceptable to all factions. Her husband, assassinated Aug. 21, 1983, in what government prosecutors are trying to prove was a military conspiracy involving Armed Forces chief Gen. Fabian C. Ver, is considered a martyr by a wide variety of opposition groups. "If you are looking for one who could really unify the opposition right now, it would be Mrs. Cory Aquino. That is the feeling of all us," said former Supreme Court Justice Cecilia Munoz Palma, the first woman to hold that position, who chaired a recent opposition political convention. Mrs. Aquino, a quiet but compelling woman whose public speeches rarely last for more than a few minutes, has never run for political office. She openly accuses Marcos of masterminding her husband's death and has been working for unity among several groups opposing Marcos. The speculation about Mrs. Marcos and Mrs. Aquino highlights the active role of women in the Philippines. Women journalists, for example, are among the boldest in criticizing Marcos' government; a woman, Eugenia D. Apostol, publishes three of the widest-circulating opposition weeklies. 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