January 2, 1989 |
Eleven Filipinos were killed and about 2,000 injured in firecracker blasts, stabbings and shootings during New Year's revelry, officials said Sunday. Police said two people died in blazes sparked in Manila slums by firecracker explosions. Filipinos traditionally set off firecrackers and shoot guns into the air to usher in the New Year. The state-owned Philippines News Agency, quoting police officials in the capital, said the celebration was relatively peaceful.
February 24, 1990 |
Philippine President Corazon Aquino ordered a swift investigation into the slaying of U.S. geologist John R. Mitchell, his wife and father-in-law by suspected Communist guerrillas. Mitchell, 42, of Fairbanks, Alaska, was killed in an ambush on the island of Bohol. Also killed was Mitchell's Filipina wife and her politically influential father. The ambush came a day after a visit to the Philippines by U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney.
July 18, 1987 |
The Philippine military Friday arrested 14 soldiers linked to the murders of two Malaysian and three Filipino Muslim missionaries last month. Col. Raul Aquino said two military commanders detained since the June 29 ambush on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao had been freed after the military concluded an internal investigation. Witnesses said Malaysians Saki Benche Hashim and Abdullah Jamaluddin, members of a Muslim fundamentalist group called the Tablee Assn.
September 29, 1991 |
Communist rebels ambushed and killed a town mayor and six other people Saturday in the central Philippines, police said. Mayor Pio Enciso of Lawaan in Eastern Samar province, his wife and five other companions were in a police car driving to nearby Balingaga when guerrillas hiding in bushes reportedly opened fire on them. The New People's Army guerrillas ran to a nearby forest after the attack, one of a series launched by the Communists less than a week after they ended a unilateral cease-fire.
October 31, 1987 |
The U.S. Embassy officially warned Americans in the Philippines on Friday that they may be the targets of terrorist assassinations, and it urged that "all appropriate security precautions be exercised" after Wednesday's killings of three Americans.
January 12, 1990 |
Communist rebels shot and killed a Philippine police sergeant in their second attack in a week near a major U.S. military air base, police said Thursday. Sgt. Jose Galura was sitting in his jeep outside a public market in Guagua, 30 miles north of Manila, when three men shot him in the head Wednesday. The attack occurred 12 miles south of Clark Air Base, one of two big U.S. military facilities in the Philippines. Rebels killed Mayor Javier Hizon of nearby Mexico town and his security aide Jan.
June 12, 1990 |
Police in Olongapo, the Philippines, filed charges Monday against six Filipinos, including a policeman and a navy sailor, in connection with last month's slaying of a U.S. Marine sergeant from Orange County. Police had announced Saturday that of two of the six suspects had signed documents confessing to the May 4 killing of Gunnery Sgt. John Fredette of Buena Park.