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25 Former Palace Guards Discharged

September 27, 1986

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AP) _ Twenty-five soldiers who served in ex-President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ palace guard have been dismissed as part of a move aimed at instilling discipline in the military, Gen. Jesus Hermosa said Friday.

Hermosa, chief of the army’s regional command here, said the 25 were dishonorably discharged for failing to report to their new units. President Corazon Aquino disbanded the palace guard after she replaced Marcos who was deposed in a military-civilian revolt last February.

Hermosa said the former guards were among 64 soldiers and police within his command, located on the southern island of Mindanao, either dismissed or demoted in rank over the past six months.

He said two of the soldiers who were discharged are under investigation in connection with an armed robbery, and two others have been arrested and charged with killing a judge.

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