The Philippines: Stepping Out of the Shadows

New witnesses cast doubt on the official version of Aquino's murder

The second commission appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos to investigate the Aug. 21 assassination of former Senator Benigno ("Ninoy") Aquino was running up one blind alley after another. The five-member board had heard 43 witnesses, most of them soldiers assigned to protect Marcos' chief political rival on his ill-fated return to the Philippines from exile in the U.S. Their stories were monotonously similar: at the moment of the slaying, each had been "searching the perimeter" of the security cordon for troublemakers....

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