April 3, 1987 |
At high noon Thursday, the 13 devotees of the Sagrado Corazon Senor religious cult fell to their knees in the detention area of a military camp here and prayed for strength to resume their holy war against communism. For 15 minutes, they mumbled sacred incantations, fingered amulets that they believe make their bodies bulletproof and invoked the power of their master, a bearded Filipino religious zealot who claims to be a reincarnation of Jesus.
March 2, 1986 |
Newly appointed armed forces chief Fidel V. Ramos, trying to root out corruption in the military, Saturday fired 22 top military officers who had been appointed by deposed President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
May 12, 1986 |
Gen. Fidel V. Ramos, chief of staff of the Philippine armed forces, announced the formation Sunday of a special panel to investigate corruption cases involving high-ranking active and retired military officers. Ramos, who also served as uniformed chief under deposed President Ferdinand E. Marcos, said the panel is a first step by the military in an effort to "cleanse its ranks."
June 24, 1992 |
The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a petition for a recount of the presidential election, removing the last legal obstacle to Fidel V. Ramos' becoming president. The 64-year-old Ramos, a former defense secretary, will take office next Tuesday. Congress on Monday officially proclaimed him the winner of the May 11 presidential election, and he promised that his government will defend "the poor and powerless."
January 3, 1991 |
President Corazon Aquino has asked the Philippine Congress for emergency powers to cope with possible civil unrest in case of a Persian Gulf war. Her executive secretary, Oscar Orbos, said the powers would cover areas such as law and order and regulation of supplies of essential commodities such as food and gasoline. Defense Secretary Fidel V. Ramos said that if war breaks out, Manila might have to contend with domestic unrest as extremist groups try to exploit rising prices and shortages.
August 30, 1986 |
Communist rebels staged an ambush in a southern province where a local cease-fire had been signed, and 15 soldiers and 5 guerrillas were killed, the office of the armed forces chief of staff, Gen. Fidel V. Ramos, reported Friday. The report said the ambush occurred Wednesday in Davao del Norte province, 550 miles southeast of Manila, just two weeks after the rebels signed a cease-fire agreement negotiated by the province's local officials.