The Philippines Roundup of an Elusive Renegade

Coup Leader "Gringo" Honasan falls into government hands

For three months Army Colonel Gregorio ("Gringo") Honasan, 39, had profoundly unsettled the Philippines. As the leader of a military uprising that exploded in Manila on Aug. 28, he ignited the most violent fighting to rack the capital since 1945, and nearly toppled President Corazon Aquino. Then, as the Philippine army swung to Aquino's side, Honasan and a band of followers embarked on a dangerous game of hide-and-seek. From sanctuaries around the capital, the colonel issued tirades against the government, castigating it for ineffectiveness in fighting the insurgent, Communist-led New People's Army. The military's inability -- or unwillingness -- to capture...

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