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The World

January 02, 1986

Philippine Cardinal Jaime Sin urged the government of President Ferdinand E. Marcos to guard the "sanctity of the ballot" in February's presidential election. In a televised midnight Mass, Sin declared his neutrality in the voting but cited the need "to safeguard, even with our lives, the sacredness of the decision of conscience expressed in the ballot." Marcos, his wife, Imelda, and government officials attended the Mass on the presidential palace grounds.

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