WASHINGTON — Longtime opponents of the Marcos regime, declaring "We're going to party," celebrated inside the Philippine Embassy today as career diplomats vowed to support President Corazon Aquino.
"This is open house for the Filipino people," said Walden Bello, who said he has lived in exile for more than a decade. "We will celebrate the downfall of a dictatorship."
A handful of opponents of Ferdinand E. Marcos, joyous and full of optimism, arrived at the embassy about 8 a.m. after learning that he was stepping down and Aquino was assuming power.
The demonstrators were confined to a conference room and a foyer of the embassy, a red brick building about 10 blocks from the White House.