MANILA — Vice President Salvador Laurel announced a new Philippine opposition movement Saturday, claiming that President Corazon Aquino's "blundering and immoral administration" would lead the country to disaster.
Laurel was joined by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and representatives of several opposition groups, including the New Society Movement of ousted President Ferdinand E. Marcos, in launching the Union for National Action.
"I accept the honor and the challenge to lead a coalesced opposition against a blundering and immoral administration that has betrayed the people," Laurel told reporters. "If (Aquino) continues to run the government, the country is headed for national disaster."
The Union's platform calls for a new treaty on the status of American military bases in the Philippines that would provide for a gradual phasing out of the facilities over a 10-year period.