The Philippines: Death at the Burger Stand

Death at the Burger Stand

The murder was the most shocking blow yet to the government of Philippine President Corazon Aquino. After calmly downing hamburgers at a snack stand in a Manila suburb, three young men, armed with .45-cal. pistols and an UZI submachine gun, opened fire on a passing silver-green Toyota Cressida. The hail of gunfire instantly killed the car's driver and fatally wounded his passenger, Local Governments Secretary Jaime Ferrer, 70, a prominent member of Aquino's Cabinet and nemesis of the country's Communist insurgents. The gunmen and two accomplices then roared away into the night.

The killing of Ferrer, the only sitting Cabinet member...