The Philippines Two Small Steps Forward

Military indictments and a nonviolent homecoming

Shortly after dawn late last week, the ramrod-stiff figure of General Fabian Ver, the armed forces Chief of Staff, arrived at a govern ment office building in downtown Manila to surrender himself. Two days earlier the Tanodbayan--a four-member panel of ombudsmen--had indicted Ver, 24 other members of the military and one civil ian for their alleged involvement in the 1983 murders of Opposition Leader Benigno ("Ninoy") Aquino Jr. and of Rolando Galman, the man said by the military to have killed Aquino. Ver brought $1,600 to post as bail, then left before any photographers showed up. Ver, a cousin of President...

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