MANILA — A Philippine government prosecutor charged the armed forces chief, Gen. Fabian C. Ver; two other generals, and 23 other men today in the double murder of opposition leader Benigno Aquino and the man the army had claimed was his assassin.
Brig. Gen. Luther Custodio, chief of aviation security, and 16 other soldiers were charged with direct participation in a military conspiracy to kill Aquino as he stepped off a plane Aug. 21, 1983, after three years of voluntary exile in the United States.
Ver, Maj. Gen. Prospero A. Olivas and six other soldiers were accused of being accessories in a military attempt to cover up the assassination and blame it on alleged communist agent Rolando Galman. A civilian businessman, Hermilo Gosuico, was accused of being an accomplice to the conspiracy.
Justice Bernardo Fernandez, government ombudsman, essentially followed the recommendations of the majority report of a panel appointed by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The panel conducted a 10-month investigation of the case.