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Link to Aquino-Galman slays seen in US

By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 09:33:00 03/10/2009

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE 2) Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez believes the brains behind the 1983 assassination of former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. is still alive and in the country.

Gonzalez also said he received information two to three years ago that the alleged “missing link” in the case, former Air Force captain Felipe Valerio, was shuttling between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Canada.

Asked if he believes the mastermind of the Aquino murder is still in the country, Gonzalez said: “I think so. I’m not very sure, but I think so.”

Gonzalez said the Department of National Defense (DND) had assured him that it would “try [its] best to give us information as to the latest location of Captain Valerio.”

Brigadier General Gaudencio Pangilinan, chief of the Armed Forces’ Civil Relations Service, said they would provide any information that get on Valerio but admitted they have none as yet.

“Being part of the military, we are duty-bound to provide information [on Valerio], bound to assist, but as of now we have no information,” he said.

Authorities are also looking for another suspect, Romeo Ochoco of the defunct Aviation Security Command (Avsecom), who was believed to have fled to Australia, the justice chief said.

“Let’s say Captain Valerio will return; I will order the reopening of the hearing against Captain Valerio,” he said.

Twelve soldiers convicted of the murder have been granted executive clemency and released from prison, 10 of whom were freed last week.

Aquino was gunned down on August 21, 1983, opposition at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport. His alleged assassin, Rolando Galman, was also killed.

Earlier, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, in a radio interview, quoted Gonzalez as saying Valerio, who has reportedly changed his name, has been working as a pilot shuttling between the US and Canada.

Gonzalez has been tasked by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to work for the Valerio’s extradition.

“That’s why Secretary Gonzalez sought the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to get all the records of Valerio… to help find out where he is together of course with the NBI [National Bureau of Investigation],” Remonde said.

Erika Tapalla, INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE 2) Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez believes the brains behind the 1983 assassination of former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. is still alive and in the country.

Gonzalez also said he received information two to three years ago that the alleged “missing link” in the case, former Air Force captain Felipe Valerio, was shuttling between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Canada.

Asked if he believes the mastermind of the Aquino murder is still in the country, Gonzalez said: “I think so. I’m not very sure, but I think so.”

Gonzalez said the Department of National Defense (DND) had assured him that it would “try [its] best to give us information as to the latest location of Captain Valerio.”

Brigadier General Gaudencio Pangilinan, chief of the Armed Forces’ Civil Relations Service, said they would provide any information that get on Valerio but admitted they have none as yet.

“Being part of the military, we are duty-bound to provide information [on Valerio], bound to assist, but as of now we have no information,” he said.

Authorities are also looking for another suspect, Romeo Ochoco of the defunct Aviation Security Command (Avsecom), who was believed to have fled to Australia, the justice chief said.

“Let’s say Captain Valerio will return; I will order the reopening of the hearing against Captain Valerio,” he said.

Twelve soldiers convicted of the murder have been granted executive clemency and released from prison, 10 of whom were freed last week.

Aquino was gunned down on August 21, 1983, opposition at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport. His alleged assassin, Rolando Galman, was also killed.

Earlier, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, in a radio interview, quoted Gonzalez as saying Valerio, who has reportedly changed his name, has been working as a pilot shuttling between the US and Canada.

Gonzalez has been tasked by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to work for the Valerio’s extradition.

“That’s why Secretary Gonzalez sought the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to get all the records of Valerio… to help find out where he is together of course with the NBI [National Bureau of Investigation],” Remonde said.

Erika Tapalla, INQUIRER.net

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Written by joelguinto

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