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Gen. Fabian C. Ver, chief of the Philippine armed forces, issued orders to secure Manila airport with 1,199 troops and arrest opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr. on the day Aquino was assassinated, a general testified. Brig. Gen. Luther Custodio is on trial with Ver and more than 20 others on charges of being linked to the 1983 airport slaying of Aquino. Custodio denied involvement in the killing and said he “prepared the most sophisticated plan that I could” to safeguard Aquino.


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