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The Aquino murder: in whose interest?

In addition to the “August 1980: Ninoy Aquino Threatened Pres. Ferdinand Marcos with new terrorist action against his gov­ernment, to “bring President Marcos to his knees.”” blog published here, here is another excerpt from an article by the EIR entitled “The Aquino murder: in whose interest?” published on September 6, 1983:

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Aquino was the most prominent of the opposition leaders against Marcos’s rule; a decade of martial law ended only recently. The opposition movement ranges from the radical Maoists of the New People’s Army and the Libyan-armed Muslim autonomy rebels in the Philippines’ southern islands, to the Jesuit order and Cardinal Jaimie Sin, to right-wing plantation-owning families. The common denominator of all groupings is opposition to the president’s efforts to industrialize the country.

Aquino himself, though sentenced to death for an alleged political murder, was allowed by Marcos to leave the Phil­ippines three years ago in order to get a heart operation in the United States. Aquino remained in the United States as an instructor at Harvard, and later MIT. He was sponsored by Harvard’s Jerome Cohen, a prominent figure in efforts to undermine modernization in Korea as well as the Philippines, and a major proponent of Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski’s “China Card” policy. Aquino was also in con­tinual contact with the State Department. Despite warnings from the Philippines government and his own supporters that he might be killed, Aquino chose to return to the Philippines in order to ignite a mass campaign to bring down Marcos. He told friends on the plane that he might be killed but that he did not expect Marcos would be responsible. He suggested two other possibilities: either the extremists within the opposition movement trying to “radi­calize” that movement, or else a faction of the army worried that Aquino would be the strongest contender for succession once Marcos dies.

The Aquino murder: in whose interest? Executive Intelligence Review, Volume 10, Number 34, September 6, 1983


The Aquino murder: in whose interest? Executive Intelligence Review, Volume 10, Number 34, September 6, 1983. (

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