Philippines Anti War 2-War
Anti-war rally organised by Catholic church in Manila
Story No.: 364704
Dateline: Manila - 28 Feb 2003
Date: 02/28/2003 05:00 AM
1. Huge banner "No to war, No to US aggression" at start of march
2. Protesters holding placard that reads: "Filipinos against war"
3. Wide shot of anti-war marchers, including nuns
4. Reverse shot of anti-war march
5. Wide shot protesters
6. Protesters marching holding banner "Condemn US war of aggression in Iraq"
7. Male protester with peace sign painted on face
8. Priests among protesters
9. Nuns praying during protest
10. Protesters, then pan to placard "No to Bush, Yes to peace"
11. Wide shot protest
12. Statue of Virgin Mary on a jeep
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Pastor Saycon, Civic Leader, in a message to US President George W. Bush
"Humble yourself and you will be exalted. What we feel most is that he (Bush) has gone in too much and maybe because of this, pride will be the determining factor."
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Serafin Sabala, Protester:
"We don't want the US to have war with Iraq, because it will cause a lot of big problems in our country. One thing is that an economic crisis will again arise."
15. Banner "Oppose US Terrorism, Reject GMA (President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's) support to the US war on Iraq"
16. Various protesters holding banners
17. Police at protest
18. Protester wearing headband "US imperialist, Number 1 terrorist"
19. Wide shot banner "no to US war on Iraq"
20. Protesters with anti-war placards
21. Ground shot of anti-war march
22. Wide shot of march
23. Wide shot of huge crowd at Quirino Grandstand
24. Wide shot of Bishop Teodoro Bacani
25. UPSOUND (English) Teodoro Bacani, Catholic Bishop:
"We all desire peace. We all want peace. We are born for peace."
8. Wide shot of huge crowd, zoom-in on Vice President Teofisto Guingona (in white shirt)
9. Wide shot of crowd
Tens of thousands of Filipinos rallied in Manila on Friday against a possible US-led war on Iraq and a planned
US-Philippine counter-terrorism exercise.
Police estimated up to 30-thousand people took part in the rally, the biggest anti-war demonstration so far in Manila.
The march, capped by oecumenical prayers, was a rare show of solidarity among Christians, Muslims, politicians and rival left-wing groups.
Those groups, which espouse the same cause but have shunned joint rallies since the split in the local communist movement in the early 1990s, showed up in force to march to the seaside Quirino Grandstand near the US embassy.
The protesters criticised President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo - with many demonstrators saying she should focus on the country's economy, rather than on military action against Iraq.
The rally had called by influential Roman Catholic church leaders and Vice President Teofisto Guingona, who has been critical of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's pro-US policies.
Addressing the crowd, Bishop Teodoro Bacani lambasted US President George W. Bush's plans to attack Iraq, saying the world wanted peace.
And in a statement, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines sought more time for UN arms inspections and urged Iraqi leaders to cooperate fully with them.
The protesters also opposed a planned counter-terrorism exercise on the southern island of Jolo, in which US soldiers could be allowed to engage in combat operations against the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group.
Guingona on Friday said he had sent a letter to Arroyo urging her to publicly disclose the terms of reference for the counter-terrorism drills.
US officials said last week that Special Forces troops would be allowed in combat, but the Philippine government denied this.
Defence Secretary Angelo Reyes was meeting his US counterpart Donald Rumsfeld in Washington on Friday to discuss the exercise.