THE PHILIPPINES: Death of a Friend

The C-47 took off smoothly from the Cebu airport and into the moon-bright Philippine night. It was 1:17 a.m., and the plane radioed the tower at Malacanan Palace to have President Ramon Magsaysay's car at Manila's Nichols Field at 3:15 a.m. Then there was only silence. Two hours later, when the plane failed to arrive, the silence became ominous. By dawn, Philippine naval vessels and air-force planes, later joined by the U.S. Air Force, were scouring the lovely inland sea between Cebu and Manila. By radio and whisper, the news spread: the...

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