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Monday, November 24, 1986
By The Associated Press
Unrest in the PMlippine
Aquino fires Cabinet; army foils coup attempt
MANILA, Philippines President Corazon Aquino fired
iter entire Cabinet, including controversial Defense Minis
ter Juan Ponce Enrile. after the army foiled a coup attempt
Sunday by dissident officers and political toes.
Aquino credited army chief of staff Gen. Fidel V. Ramos
with taking "preventive measures against the recklessness
! some elements in the military.''
She warned that "sternest measures " would be taken if
anyone t ried to undermine her nine-month-old government.
Ramos issued a statement confirming that politicians
loyal to deposed President Ferdinand E. Marcos, backed by
"some elements in the military," had planned to set up a
rival government. He said the situation was under control.
He did not identify the plotters or mention Enrile. The
defense chief, who also served under Marcos but helped
oust him last February, increasingly has been critical of
A senior government official said the plot involved taking
over the National Assembly, reinstating the pro-Marcos
National Assembly abolished by Aquino and calling presi
The official, who demanded anonymity, said more than
100 members of a military faction identified with Enrile
were in on the plot, with the coup to begin at 2 a.m. Sunday.
The government learned of it at 10 a.m. Saturday, he said.
Troops loyal to Aquino and Ramos surrounded radio and
television stations in Manila and elsewhere Saturday, and
tightened security measures at the presidential palace and
other key points.
The official said he did not know if Enrile knew about the
On Sunday, after holding a lengthy Cabinet meeting,
Aquino announced on televison that she had asked all
Cabinet members to resign.
She said Enrile complied, and she immediately swore in
his replacement, Deputy Defense Minister Rafael Ileto.
Enrile refused to see reporters who gathered outside his
home at a fashionable suburban village, but sent out his
U.S. stands by Aquino
WASHINGTON The administration and key con
gressional leaders repeated Sunday "strong and unequi
vocal" support for Philippine President Corazon Aquino
and expressed satisfaction that a reported coup attempt
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard
Lugar said Aquino "is the only unifying factor in Filipino
politics," and added that, ". . . Aquino is receiving
assurances every day from the United States government
of 100 percent support."
We are pleased that this reported coup attempt failed,"
State Department spokeswoman Anita Stockman said as
news came from Manila that Mrs. Aquino was receiving
the resignations of her Cabinet members. The president's
request for resignations followed a night in which soldiers
loyal to her took over radio and television facilities as
coup rumors swept the capital.
Ramos cited intelligence reports that politicians from
the Marcos regime planned to move against the govern
ment with backing from "some elements of the military."
Nebraskans sixth on life expectancy list
OMAHA Nebraskans rank sixth nationally in awrago life ex pec
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The agency of the Department of Health and Human Services indicates
Nebraskans live an average ol 7 .".." ears, sixtli behiiuHlauaii'.s 77 years.
Minnesota's t'.2. Iowa and It all at To.S and North Dakota 7 .17.
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Census Bureau st at istics over a three-ear period and runs the informal ion
through a complex mathematical process.
Iraqi planes bomb Iranian cities
NICOSIA. Cvprus Iraqi warplanes bombed two western Iranian
cities Sunday, killing 1 12 civilians, Iran reported. It vowed to retaliate by
shelling Iraqi cities.
Iran confirmed it bombed the cities, Bakhtaran and Islamabad Gharb,
It said the targets were an air base, an oil refinery and military camps.
Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency said the attack killed 98
civilians and wounded others in Bakhtaran, also known as Kermanshah. It
said 25 houses were destroyed or badly damaged.
IRNA, monitored in Nicosia, said Iraqi bombs killed 14 people and
destroyed eight houses in Islamabad Gharb, also known as Shahabad.
War information headquarters in Tehran said Iranian forces would shell
Iraqi cities "in retaliation for the savage Iraqi air raids," IRNA reported.
Newspaper: Libya has Soviet nerve gas
LONDON A weekly newspaper said Sunday that Libya has Soviet
made nerve gas warheads and has passed some of them on to Syria and
The conservative Sunday Telegraph quoted unidentified Western intel
ligence sources as saying the warheads can be fired from Scud B missiles
and contain a lethal nerve agent capable of killing anyone within 25
square miles of a target.
The warheads also render a city uninhabitable for about 24 hours after
an attack, the report said.
The newspaper's defense correspondent, Simon O'Dwyer-Russel, wrote
that Libya supplied the nerve agents "within the last few weeks" to Syria
and Iran, which operate identical Scud-B systems.
British intelligence services have "traced the source of the nerve agent
back to the Soviet Union," the report said.
KOKOMO, Ind. Workers
began returning to a key parts
plant Sunday after a strike that
forced layoffs for more than 47,000
General Motors Corp. workers
nationwide, but GM officials
could not say when the layoffs
The six-day strike at the Delco
Electronics plant triggered lay
offs in eight states and threa
tened to shut down the nation's
No. 1 automaker as the supply of
radios and electronic parts for
all GM cars was feausted.
The 7,700 United Auto Workers
at the GM subsidiary walked off
the job Nov. 17 in a dispute over
subcontracting and a plan to
produce Delco's newest radio
line in Mexico.
A contract resolving those
issues and implementing Japa
nese management techniques
was approved Saturday by UAW
UAW shop chairman Mike
Thayer said some production
workers returned at midnight
Saturday and the first full shift
would start at midnight Sunday.
John Mueller, a GM spokes
man in Detroit, said he didn't
know when the stalled assembly
plants might resume production.
"It depends on how much
there is in the system still, and
when they can get this stuff out
of Kokomo," Mueller said.
Delco spokeswoman Marilyn
Grant said new shipments out of
Kokomo were uncertain and
would vary among the plant's
The strike was the first to test
GM s new "just-in-time" inven
tory system, in which parts are
made to order and shippedjm
mediately to assembly plants,
rather than stockpiled until
needed. jyr. " '
Because of the system, "the
effects of the strike were seen in
some GM pjants within 24 hours.
By Friday, 37,550 workers had
been laid off around the country.
In all, more than 47,000 had been
:teidjcf.ter.e point or another,;:
ount Mihara subsides, another volcano erupts
TOKYO Mount Mihara subsided
Sunday after a fiery eruption that
forced 11,000 people to flee a small
island, but hundreds of miles away
another volcano erupted and sent a big
rock flying into a hotel, injuring five
Officials said Mount-Sakurajima hurl
ed a rock 6 12 feet in diameter into a
one-story concrete hotel just outside
Sakurajima, about 620 miles sout hwest
west of Tokyo.
Officials of the Central Meterologi
cal Agency said Mount Sakurajima has
erupted often since 1955, including 474
eruptions last year.
Officials said the eruption was not
linked with that of Mount Mihara,
about 540 miles away on Oshima Island.
Oshima is 70 miles south of Tokyo.
One Central Meterological Agency
official said about 30 gas explosions
were recorded Sunday morning in the
craters of Mount Mihara, compared
with countless explosions Saturday,
but that none was observed Sunday
Only light smoke was seen coming
from the mountain, but streams of yel
low water were observed on the island's
eastern and southern sides, indicating
possible underwater eruptions, the
The volcano, dormant for 12 years,
erupted twice last week. The second
eruption, on Friday, sent lava stream
ing toward Oshima Island's main town
and forced the evacuat ion of more than
11,000 people, including tourists and
nearly all 10,300 residents.
The agency official said 54 earth
quakes had been counted on the island
on Sunday by 8 p.m.
On Saturday, 92 quakes were record
ed, with the strongest 6.1 on the Rich
ter scale, he said.
Hidehiro Kato, an official of the
Tokyo Fire Department, said lava had
Majara , f
Sakurajina j .
come within 165 yards of the town of
Motomachi, but had almost stopped.
However, Professor Shigeo Aramaki
of Tokyo University's Seismic Research
Institute said, "Volcanic activity has by
no means ended."
Tokyo police said more than 400
people still were on the island, includ
ing more than 200 police and 130 journalists.
Dole criticizes Schultz for Iran stand
WASHINGTON Senate Republi
can leader Bob Dole rebuked Secretary
of State George Shultz on Sunday for
"not doing anything" to support Presi
dent Reagan in the Iran arms controv
ersy, and suggested Reagan act quickly
to "remove some of the problem."
Dole did not mention any adminis
tration officials by name when he said
the president should move to "cut our
losses," as the Iran issue continued to
consume the administration and reports
circulated that top advisors were cal
ling for the ouster of Shultz, White
House Chief of Staff Don Regan and
National Security Adviser John Poin-
Dole, after praising Shultz's past
performance, said, "But I think right
now they ought to circle the wagons;
either that, or let a couple of the wag
ons go over the cliff."
"I think the president was well
intentioned, well-motivated," in his
decision to send arms to Iran, Dole said
in an interview on CBS-TV's "Face the
With his comments Sunday, Dole,
R-Kan., added his voice to others cal
ling for presidential action to restore
administration unity as details con
tinued to emerge about the Iran
White House spokesman Roman
Popaduik said he had no information
on reports in The Washington Post and
Los Angeles Times that a group of pres
idential advisers was pushing for a
high-level shakeup in Reagan's staff.
"When people say, 'Why aren't you
supporting the president?' it's rather
diffficult when the secretary of state is
not doing anything," Dole said Sunday.
Shultz has made clear his opposition
to the arms shipments and said last
week that officials behind the opera
tion had told him little about it.
ed Cross SielicopterMiacked
ROME Two gunmen hijacked a
Red Cross helicopter Sunday, lifted two
inmates from a prison courtyard and
flew off firing automatic weapons at
guards, police said.
The chopper landed a short time
later in a Rome soccer field where a
match was under way, and hijackers
and convicts fled by car. Police set up
roadblocks and searched the region
Officials said the hijackers spoke
French and that one jailbreaker, a
Tunisian-born Frenchman, was sought
by French authorities' in connect ion
with a Paris bank robbery and murder.
Police said the hijackers walked
into San Camillo Hospital in western
Rome, cornered the helicopter pilot,
42-year-old Mauro Pompa, at gunpoint
to take them to the helicopter parked
across the street. . .
The white helicopter with red crosses
painted on the sides then flew across
the city to Reoibbia Prison in eastern
Rome. There it hovered three feet
above the courtyard where about 50
inmates were exercising at 10:45 a.m.,
Deputy Warder Giancarlo Baldassini
As the hijackers laid down covering
gunfire and lowered a rope ladder, two
inmates jumped in.
. A guard was slightly injured by flying
glass in the shootout, police said. They
said two shots fired by a guard hit the
; The Italian news agency ANSA said
the six guards on duty at first thought
the helicopter was arriving for a medi
cal emergency. ?
' ANSA said police identified the
'escaped convicts as Gianluigi Espo
sito, 30, and Andre Bellaiche, 36.
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