"We stand with the Philippines, we stand with you, sir . . . we love your adherence to democratic principles and to the democratic processes . . . we will not leave you in isolation . . . it would bbe turning our backs on history if we did."
Vice President Bush, toasting newly inaugurated Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos June 30,1981
"Mr. President, Mrs. Marcos . . . our two peoples enjoy a close friendship, one forged in shared history and common ideals . . . Politically we tend to view many world issues the same general way. Yours, Mr. President, is a respected voice for reason and moderation in international forums."President Reagan, at arrival ceremony for the Marcoses Sept. 16, 1982
"Tonight we welcome old and good friends to the White House in a visit symbolic of the superb relationship between our two countries . . . in World War II Filipinos and Americans fought and died together. And you, yourself, Mr. President, played an unforgettably heroic part in that conflict . . . President Marcos, we have accomplished a great deal together over the years. We will all do more in the years to come."
Reagan toasting Marcos Sept. 16
"There are things there in the Philippines that do not look good to us from the standpoint right now of democratic rights, but what is the alternative? . . . .I think that we've had enough of a record of letting -- under the guise of revolution -- someone that we thought was a little more right than we would be, letting that person go, and then winding up with totalitarianism, pure and simple, as the alternative. And I think that we're better off, for example with the Philippines, of trying to retain our friendship and help them right the wrongs we see, rather tthan throwing them to the wolves and them facing a communist power in the Pacific."
Reagan, in second presidential debate, Oct. 21, 1984
"The Philippines and the United States certainly have a close relationship and alliance over the years, and we've had a good relationship with President Marcos. Now we realize there is an opposition party, that, we believe, is also pledged to demcracy . . . What we're hopeful of is that the democratic processes will take place, and even if there is a change of party there, it would be that opposition faction which is still democratic in its principles."
Reagan, in interview with The New York Times Feb. 11, 1985
"Whether there is enough evidence that you can really keep on pointing the finger or not, I don't know. I'm sure even elections in our own country -- there are some evidences of fraud in places and area. And I don't know the extent of this over there -- but also do we have any evidence that it's all been one-sided, or has this been sort of the election tactics that have been followed there?"
Reagan, responding to questions about fraud in Philippine elections in interview with The Washington Post Feb. 10, 1986
"It has already become evident, sadly, that the elections were marred by widespread fraud and violence perpetrated largely by the ruling party. It was so extreme that the elections credibility has been called into question both within the Philippines and in the United States. At this difficult juncture it is imperative that all responsible Filipinos seek peaceful ways to effect stability within their society and to avoid violence which would benefit only those who wish to see an end to democracy."
Reagan, in a statement Feb. 15
"One can't say that we got out of the election, namely a legitimized and credible government . . . We have a big stake there. We have a stake in freedom. We have a stake in democracy. Let's put that first, over and above the bases."
Secretary of State George P. Shultz, in Senate testimony last Wednesday
"[We are concerned] that the recent presidential elections were marred by fraud, perpetrated overwhelmingly bu the ruling party, so extreme as to undermine the credibility and legitimacy of the election and impair the capacity of the government of the Philippines to cope with a growing insurgency and a troubled economy. Many authoritative voices in the Philippines have been raised in support of nonviolence. We support these voices and expect them to be respected."
White House statement Saturday
"An attempt to resolve this situation by force will surely result in bloodshed and casualties, further polarize Philippine society and cause untold damage to the relationship between our governments . . . We cannot continue our existing militaryy assistance if the government uses that aid against other elements of the Philippine military which enjoy substantial popular backing. The president urges in the strongest possible temrs that violence be avoided . . . ."
White House statement Sunday
"Attempts to prolong the life of the present regime by violence are futile. A solution to this crisis can only be achieved through a peaceful transition to a new government."
White House statement Monday
"We praise the decision of President Marcos. Reason and compassion have prevailed in ways that best serve the Filipino nation and people. In his long term as president, Ferdinand Marcos showed himself to bre a staunch friend of the United States. We are gratified that his departure from office has come peacefully, characterized by the dignity and strength that have marked his many years of leadership."
Statement by Shultz yesterday