The Philippines: A Matter of Self-Incrimination

A Matter of Self-Incrimination

Was General Fabian Ver, armed forces Chief of Staff and cousin of Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, involved in a conspiracy to kill exiled Opposition Leader Benigno Aquino? For the past six months, state prosecutors in Manila have tried to prove that charge as part of their case against 26 men who are accused in connection with the assassination of Aquino on Aug. 21, 1983, as he descended from a China Airlines plane at Manila International Airport. Last week the prosecutors ran into a formidable obstacle: in a five-page ruling, the three justices conducting the trial threw out the major evidence against...

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