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Presidential Guard Sentenced to 300 Years in Prison

March 21, 1989

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A member of President Corazon Aquino’s security force was convicted Tuesday of killing nine people and wounding three others in a drunken shooting spree, and he was sentenced to 300 years in prison.

Sgt. Marciano Contaoe received 30 years in prison for each of the nine murder counts and a 30-year jail term for the three injuries, said military prosecutor Maj. Victorio Pabanguil.

Records showed that Contaoe was drinking with neighbors, most of them soldiers, on May 21 when an argument ensued. Contaoe, armed with a .45-caliber pistol, killed five of his companions and wounded another, Pabanguil said.

After the shooting, Contaoe went home, fetched an M-16 rifle and barged into a neighbor’s house, where he killed four more people and wounded two children. Cantaoe was arrested three days later.

The 2,000-member Presidential Security Group is composed mostly of soldiers drawn from the various branches of the Philippine armed forces.

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