The Philippines: Military Maneuvers

The week after General Fabian Ver, armed forces Chief of Staff, was named by the majority of an investigating commission as a conspirator in the Aug. 21, 1983, assassination of Opposition Leader Benigno Aquino, there were signs of a split in the military over the allegation. A pro-government Manila newspaper carried a full-page advertisement signed by 68 of the 83 general officers in the 200,000-man Philippine armed forces expressing "unwavering loyalty and support to General Ver." Conspicuously absent was the name of General Fidel Ramos, the acting Chief of Staff. Some of...

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