WASHINGTON — President Reagan will send an official delegation to monitor next month's controversial presidential election in the Philippines with Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) as the chairman, Lugar's office said today.
Secretary of State George P. Shultz telephoned Lugar, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today to say "the President would be happy to have Lugar lead the delegation," said Lugar Press Secretary Mark Helmke.
He said Lugar will work with the State Department to put together a delegation of observers in the coming days.
Earlier today, Lugar announced that despite serious misgivings about potential election abuses, he was willing to lead the official delegation of American observers to the Feb. 7 presidential election in the Philippines.
He said he had concluded that "it would be a serious mistake for the United States not to demonstrate its support for democracy in the Philippines" and that the presence of observers would fulfill that role.