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Philippines Marcos Won’t Campaign

May 7, 1998

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Imelda Marcos has changed her mind about withdrawing from next week’s presidential election after supporters threatened to commit suicide if she pulled out, an associate said Thursday.

Instead, the widow of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos _ facing a jail term and trailing in the polls _ will simply stop campaigning.

Marcos announced April 29 that she would drop out of the race, but hundreds of supporters blocked her when she tried to withdraw a day later. One supporter grabbed the withdrawal form from her hand and tore it up, said the associate, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Some supporters threatened to commit suicide, the associate said.

Ferdinand Marcos was ousted in a revolt in 1986 and fled to Hawaii, where he died three years later.

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