July 27, 1988 |
Police Tuesday ruled out involvement of the Communist insurgency in the slaying of a U.S. serviceman near Clark Air Base and said the gunmen may have been acting on behalf of his jealous wife. "It's not the New People's Army," police Lt. Frederico Nuguit said in reference to the Communist rebel group, which is trying to topple the government. It claimed responsibility for killing three Americans last year outside the base 50 miles north of Manila.
July 5, 1988 |
A half-dozen bodyguards surrounded the hospital room where university president Nemesio Prudente was recovering Monday from the second attempt on his life in six months. As an added precaution, the patient's nameplate outside his private room at suburban Makati Medical Center simply said, "Occupied." At all times, heavy curtains inside Prudente's room remained closed. Such security was not the result of paranoia.
August 4, 1987 |
Key Philippine legislators on Monday demanded a total revamping of the nation's military and law-enforcement agencies after the weekend assassination of Cabinet minister Jaime Ferrer, the latest in a series of unsolved killings of prominent Filipinos that includes the 1983 assassination of President Corazon Aquino's husband.
September 28, 1990 |
A court today convicted 16 people of murdering President Corazon Aquino's husband and acquitted 20 others in the 1983 slaying at the Manila airport . "I think not only I but the entire Filipino people have been waiting for the decision of the court," Corazon Aquino told reporters. The verdict in the 3 1/2-year trial was announced on the first anniversary of the death in exile of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, who many Filipinos believe ordered the slaying of Sen.
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.