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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 17:52:00 02/11/2009

Filed Under: Assassination, Crime and Law and Justice

MANILA, Philippines—Two convicts in the 1983 assassination of former senator Benigno Aquino Jr., who were released last week after their sentences were commuted, have asked President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to free their 10 fellow convicts.

Sergeants Felizardo Taran and Rolando de Guzman made the request in a letter to the President dated February 7, a day after they were freed from the National Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.

“Sana ay palayain n’yo na rin ang sampu pa naming kasamahang sundalo upang mabuo ang aming kasiyahan at kapanatagan [We hope you’ll also free our 10 fellow soldiers so that our happiness and peace of mind will be complete,” Taran and De Guzman said.

“Kami po ay mapapagaling sa aming mabibigat na sakit. Salamat sa inyong kabutihan na ‘di namin malilimutan sa aming buhay [We will be cured of our ailments. Thank you for your kindness, which we will never forget],” the two said.

Ermita said whether or not the 10 remaining convicts would be freed depends on the President.

The 1983 killing of Aquino at the airport as he was returning from exile was one of the catalysts of the 1986 bloodless revolt that ousted the Marcos dictatorship and installed the martyred senator’s widow, Corazon, as the country’s first female president.

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