The Philippines: Gringo Jumps Ship

Gringo Jumps Ship

Lieut. Colonel Gregorio ("Gringo") Honasan is a master at manipulating military frustration. Last August thousands of underpaid soldiers joined him in an uprising that nearly toppled Philippine President Corazon Aquino. Last week Honasan apparently took advantage of unrest in the armed forces again. With the help of a reserve lieutenant said to be angry because he had not received a regular commission, Honasan escaped from a navy ship on Manila Bay, where he had been detained since his capture last December. Escaping with him on two rubber rafts were 13 of his guards. It took the government four months to capture...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!