MANILA — In the first eyewitness account of the assassination of Benigno S. Aquino Jr., a woman said today that a soldier shot the opposition leader as he descended an airline staircase.
Rebecca Quijano, 32, who eluded an earlier civilian inquiry into Aquino's Aug. 21, 1983, murder, testified before a packed courtroom at the resumption of the trial of Armed Forces Chief Gen. Fabian Ver and 25 other men charged in Aquino's slaying.
"I saw the Metrocom soldier behind Aquino holding a gun to the back of his head and then I heard a shot," Quijano said.
She was the first witness to directly contradict military claims that Aquino was shot on the Manila airport tarmac by alleged communist hit man Rolando Galman. Galman was killed by soldiers seconds after Aquino was shot.