The Philippines: Accusing the Military

Investigators find a high-level conspiracy in the death of Benigno Aquino

As the news spread through the 7,100-island archipelago, it was greeted first with incredulity—and then with joy. After more than a year of suspense, the 54.5 million people of the Philippines had at last received an authoritative confirmation of their deepest suspicion: the military did it. Specifically, a fact-finding board appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos concluded that Benigno Aquino, the exiled opposition leader assassinated at Manila International Airport on Aug. 21, 1983, only moments after his return to the Philippines, was not...

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