The Philippines What the Crying Lady Saw

A frightened eyewitness describes the murder of Aquino

Moments after Opposition Leader Benigno ("Ninoy") Aquino Jr. was assassinated at the Manila airport on Aug. 21, 1983, a Philippine camera crew captured the anguished face of a young woman. To the reporter who questioned her, she replied, "They have killed Aquino. Why are you not crying yet?" Last week Rebecca Quijano, 32, now known as "the crying lady," became the first civilian eyewitness of the shooting to testify in the Manila courtroom where the armed forces Chief of Staff, General Fabian Ver, 24 other soldiers and one civilian are being tried for Aquino's murder. The 26 are also accused of...

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