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Police, Soldier Die in Duel Following Argument Over Coup Attempt

December 12, 1989

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A policeman and a soldier killed each other in a shootout after a heated argument over last week’s failed coup attempt, the official Philippines News Agency reported Tuesday.

It said the incident took place Saturday in Tabaco town in Albay province, about 200 miles southeast of Manila.

PNI quoted Capt. Robinson Ortega, Tabaco’s police chief, as saying Eduardo Retermoso of the Philippine Constabulary’s Criminal Investigation Service and Patrolman Herculano Bermel were drinking at the public market when they argued about the coup attempt that began Dec. 1.

Each drew his handgun and fired at the other. Both died on the spot.

PNI did not say which sides the victims took.

The agency said a government militiaman and a soldier were wounded in another shootout in nearby Oas town.

The coup attempt ended Saturday after rebel soldiers decided to give up their last stronghold in Cebu Island in the central Philippines. The failed coup bid left at least 113 people dead and over 500 others wounded.

The military reported meanwhile that soldiers on Tuesday raided the houses of a suspected leader and a sympathizer of the aborted coup and seized ammunition and radio equipment. The suspects were not at home.

PNI meanwhile reported that from $14.3 million to $23.8 million in military equipment was lost during the mutiny.

Brig. Gen. Epineto Logico, deputy chief of staff for logistics, said that did not include ammunition used.

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