February 14, 1990 |
A military court convicted former Philippine Constabulary Lt. Col. Reynaldo Cabauatan of leading a 1987 coup attempt against President Corazon Aquino and sentenced him to 12 years at hard labor. Cabauatan was found guilty of mutiny on April 18, 1987, when rebel troops stormed the army headquarters in Ft. Bonifacio.
December 26, 1989 |
He was one of the richest men in Asia, a billionaire who ruled over vast industries and coconut plantations, championship horse farms and even his own private army. He was also a former provincial governor in the Philippines and a political confidant of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, sharing the same military plane as they fled a popular revolt that toppled the Marcos government in 1986. But for the last four years, Eduardo Murphy Cojuangco Jr.
September 1, 1987 |
More than a decade ago, a young, idealistic Philippine army lieutenant named Gregorio Honasan was deeply concerned about the credibility of the armed forces as they battled thousands of armed Muslim secessionists on the southern island of Mindanao. Honasan wanted to prove that body counts of enemy dead were accurate and not government propaganda, so he ordered his men to cut off the ears of each enemy soldier they killed and deliver them to their commander on a string.
September 3, 1987 |
President Corazon Aquino said Wednesday that she had been warned of last Friday's attempt to overthrow her, but she conceded that palace security had been depleted because she was scheduled to leave the capital for a regional tour that day. "Intelligence did not fail me," the president said in an address televised to the nation. "We anticipated a coup attempt by these specific officers for some time now."
August 23, 1990 |
The Philippines army brought an extra battalion into Manila to bolster government forces, as a series of bombings increased fears of a new coup attempt against President Corazon Aquino. Three bombs rocked Manila this week, and right-wing rebel soldiers have accused the Aquino government of being inefficient and corrupt. No one was injured in the explosions, which brought the number of blasts in Manila over the last 10 days to 11.
January 18, 1990 |
The Bush Administration dispatched Deputy National Security Adviser Robert M. Gates to Manila on Wednesday after U.S. officials privately concluded that President Corazon Aquino's position is so fragile that she may not be able to survive in office through this year. Officially, White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater told reporters at a White House briefing that Gates' mission is "to convey to President Aquino President Bush's continuing strong commitment to democracy in the Philippines."
January 22, 1988 |
The Reagan Administration, renewing its support for Philippine President Corazon Aquino after the latest shake-up in the armed forces, said Thursday that the Manila government "has made important strides toward solving the daunting problems" it faces.