MANILA — Opposition leader Corazon Aquino said today communists would be welcome in a new government under her leadership but they must first renounce all forms of violence.
She also ridiculed warnings that her election in Feb. 7 presidential voting would lead to a communist takeover, pointing out during a campaign sweep into a government stronghold that it was President Ferdinand E. Marcos' wife, Imelda, who recently visited the Soviet Union.
The widow of assassinated former Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. toured an area know as the "solid north" for its strong support of Marcos, getting her biggest reception in Baguio, 130 miles north of Manila, where about 5,000 people gave her a rousing welcome.
"There is no longer a solid north," Aquino said earlier to a crowd of 3,000 in the town of Narvacan. "I can tell this to the people in Manila."