The Philippines: Test of Wills

Marcos makes a concession

There was not an empty seat in the room as the five-member commission assigned to investigate the assassination of Opposition Leader Benigno Aquino opened its first meeting in 24 days. The audience was particularly interested because General Prospero Olivas, Commander of the National Police for Metropolitan Manila, would present the military's official version of the events that led to Aquino's murder seconds after he stepped off a plane at Manila International Airport on Aug. 21. Instead, there was yet another surprise in the brief but checkered history of...

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