WASHINGTON — Potentially sensitive documents detailing the business operations of exiled Philippine president Ferdinand E. Marcos and his associates are being held after they were discovered on a military plane that carried their possessions to Hawaii, government sources said Friday.
Marcos and his entourage of nearly 80 people and their possessions were brought from Manila to Honolulu on U.S. military transport planes as part of the arrangement for Marcos to leave the Philippines on Tuesday without a potentially deadly clash.
Senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III, met at the White House on Friday to discuss handling of the records and large amounts of Philippine currency, American dollars and gold jewelry found on the plane.
The meeting reportedly resulted in a shift in the U.S. approach to Marcos' possessions.
Officials had said earlier that the Administration would follow U.S. law in admitting Marcos to Hawaii. But Friday they said they would abide also by Philippine and international law on the question of Marcos' possessions.