MANILA — Arturo Tolentino, the running mate of Ferdinand E. Marcos who had proclaimed himself Philippine leader with the support of hundreds of soldiers, said today that he will end his rebellion within hours.
President Corazon Aquino earlier gave Tolentino 24 hours to end what she called a "desperate" challenge to her rule.
The 75-year-old Tolentino, a former Marcos foe who ran with him in the fraud-tainted Feb. 7 elections, took the presidential oath of office Sunday, saying he had been pressured to do so by Marcos loyalists. Marcos was deposed by a civilian-military revolt and fled the country in February.
After taking the oath of office, Tolentino took refuge with a cordon of soldiers in the Manila Hotel but left by the fifth-floor fire escape today for a four-hour meeting with a representative of the Aquino government.
Tolentino said his political supporters still at the hotel will walk out early Tuesday.
Soldiers Still an Issue
It was not clear, however, whether the 100 or more soldiers at the hotel will go along. Tolentino said the question of whether soldiers will leave "will be taken up by the military among themselves."