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RAM-boys meted life for 1986 murders

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Three former members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) were convicted last week and meted a life sentence for the 1986 murders of labor leaders Rolando Olalia and Leonor Alay-ay.


The RAM was a faction of the military led by former Col. Gregorio Honasan (and supported by former Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile) that helped install Cory Aquino as president in the wake of Edsa 1.


Aside from the penalty, Antipolo Judge Marie Claire Mabutas-Sordan ordered ex-Sgts. Fernando Casanova, Dennis Jabatan and Desiderio Perez to pay the victims’ heirs P2.1 million cumulatively.


Nine other RAM officials charged with the Olalia-Alay-ay killings remain at-large after 35 years, meaning there was no real effort on the part of the police to find and arrest them.


The bodies of Olalia – who headed the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and Partido ng Bayan – and Alay-ay were found in an empty lot in Antipolo after they were abducted, their bodies mutilated beyond recognition.


The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) had said the killings were part of RAM’s coup try in November 1986 (codename:“God Save the Queen”) against the fledgling Aquino government.


Surprisingly, Honasan and other ranking officers of the RAM were never implicated in the case.

Photo: Philippine Star


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