A month ago, a Philippine Airlines twin-engined DC-3 exploded and fell into the sea between Daet and Manila; its crew of four and nine passengers perished. Suspecting that a bomb had been hidden in the plane, the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation last week picked up Gavino Largo, an escaped convict, and Amadeo Salazar, his friend. From their partial confessions the Bureau pieced together a grisly tale.

The two saboteurs had been hired for 185 pesos ($92.50) by a pair of illicit lovers who were anxious to get rid of the spouse of one who was a passenger on the...

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