MANILA — Leftist protesters chanting "go home, go home" hounded Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger today as he visited President Corazon Aquino and agreed that the United States should emphasize economic aid in its support of her new government.
After talks with Aquino, Weinberger said Washington will offer a "strong infusion" of economic aid but stressed that some military aid is vital to securing political stability and quelling communist insurgents who pose "a serious problem" for the Philippine government.
President Reagan has requested a total Philippine aid package of $228 million for the next fiscal year, $125 million for economic aid and the remainder for military assistance. The allotment is part of a five-year agreement signed by Reagan and former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Military Assistance Vital
Weinberger warned that while Washington's "emphasis has to be on economic aid," military assistance is vital to strengthening the 250,000-strong Philippine Armed Forces and maintaining the stability of the 6-week-old Aquino government.