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Army Official Surrenders In ’86 Slaying Of Leftist Leader

February 22, 1988

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ An army colonel accused in the 1986 slaying of a leftist leader surrendered to the military today, military sources said.

Lt. Col. Eduardo ″Red″ Kapunan was placed under house arrest at his residence in suburban Quezon City’s Camp Aquinaldo, home of the Philippine armed forces, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Last week, Chief of Staff Gen. Renato de Villa ordered the arrest of Kapunan and three other members of a military group known as Reform The Armed Forces Movement in connection with the Nov. 13, 1986, slaying of leftist leader Rolando Olalia and his chauffeur.

Two of the four remained at large and the other member, navy Capt. Rex Robles, also is under house arrest at Camp Aguinaldo.

A letter purportedly written by Kapunan and given to Filipino reporters denied he was involved in the slaying of Olalia.

″I am innocent of these charges being leveled against me and I believe this is all part of a grand scheme to discredit all of us who were involved in the February revolution which installed Mrs. (Corazon) Aquino as president,″ it said.

Kapunan said because he has been implicated in the Olalia case he has become an enemy of the Kilusang Mayo Uno, or May First Movement, a leftist labor movement that blames the military for Olalia’s death.

Meanwhile, Robles left his house Monday and started to walk with his wife to a post chapel for a Mass for members of his movement but military police made him return home, his wife said.

The Mass marked the second anniversary of the day when then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and then-Lt. Gen. Fidel Ramos broke with President Ferdinand E. Marcos as part of the ″people power″ revolution in February 1986 that led to the downfall of Marcos and the rise of Aquino. Last week, members of the military reform movement claimed Ramos, now defense secretary, had failed to check corruption during his tenure as military chief of staff and had used his position to increase his personal wealth.

Ramos has dismissed the allegations made in a letter by the Reform the Armed Forces Movement.

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