CIA docs reveal Cory requested US airstrike that could “kill Filipinos” during the 1989 coup

MANILA, Philippines – Just recently, America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has declassified more than 12 M documents, publishing them online and making these records searchable and accessible to the public. One of these documents included an information on the Philippine government, specifically about the 1989 coup d’état led by former military colonel-turned senator Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan against the administration of then President Corazon ‘Cory’ Aquino. The declassified document claimed that Aquino asked US for military assistance but Washington allegedly refused because of the risks of killing innocent Filipinos at the height of the rebellion.

It mentioned then Defense chief Fidel V. Ramos saying that the US government offered military assistance to crush a mutiny by dissidents seeking to topple the Aquino government. At one point, however, Aquino is said to have personally asked US for help; and America responded by sending US warplanes to provide air cover to allow the Philippine military to attack the mutineers. “The Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post reported last weekend that the Aquino government asked for airstrikes but US officials refused because of political risks in killing Filipinos,” the document further read. The document also revealed 12 opposition lawmakers condemned the Philippine’s request for foreign assistance to quash the rebellion, and described such request as “a shameless act of surrender of sovereignty to a foreign power.”
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