This day in history: Feb. 25, 1986

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos goes into exile after 20 years of rule.
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Those who spoke with a Philippine leader and we'll hear from two of them in a few minutes. Tale of a broken man desperately seeking a way out. That way out finally came in the four US helicopters. Which carried mark Rosen thirty of his relatives & Associates on the first leg of their journey into exile. Here's Jim Laurie. We. As president Marcos was helicoptered from Holland and young fellows to Clark air force base thousands converged on the presidential well. There was some ugly scenes on route as Marcos loyalists clashed with a keynote supporters the two sides throwing rocks at Boston. After. C a funeral crowd overwhelming Marcos supporters many being badly he. A number of the Marcos people seriously injured. Okay. An armored personnel carriers guarding the approaches to the palace withdrawn. Troops loyal to you Keno forces moved in behind the crowd firing into the year. Forcing Marcos supporters back and propelling the advanced toward the palace. Finally if the main gates it was over the wars into the palace grounds. The crowd swelling moved into both the palace offices and the Marcos private quarters. The people poured into the palace residents ripping up. Portrait of president Marcos and his wife as they went through and there are others update Korea Keane organization. Desperately trying to maintain order and prevent extensive looting. Once inside the palace the crowds moved through the rooms where the president and his family lived and worked for twenty years desks were rifles. People even raided the palace kitchen for food preparation evidence of a hasty Marcos retreat. Most Filipinos learned of Marcos departure over the government radio and television station seized by a Keno forces two days ago. The television commentators showing obvious emotion as they announced Marcos had left. It's it took a long time coming. Later Cora Zoellick you know now president Quito took to the air. Below the knee is over. Little fool. I was told particularly proud. I would be unprecedented wave we actually I would be done. Well there was scattered violence in Manila in most places hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in spontaneous celebration. Setting bonfires but jubilant demonstration only ten hours after the final public appearance of president Marcos. Marcos after being sworn in for a fourth term but drifted in quite a crowd from the palace for the last time his wife looked on sadly. Marcos thanked his supporters. It. At the same time across town a swearing in ceremony for cores on a keynote. She's surrounded by the man who brought her to power with rebellion that began four days ago. But pinot announcing the formation of her government including her running mate Salvador were well as prime minister's. One policy and relay and it'll Fidel Ramos being given their old jobs back. As defense minister and military chief of staff. And outside the gates of Clark air force base people waited flashing a keynote victory signs waited for news of what was to happen next. Conferred landmarks. Jim Laurie ABC news Manila.

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