• Short Summary

    FILIPINO GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS RECENTLY VISITED THE HISTORIC ISLAND OF CORREGIDOR TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS THAT THE ISLAND WAS BEING USED AS A TRAINING BASE FOR ANTI-MALAYSIA FORCES.

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    FILIPINO GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS RECENTLY VISITED THE HISTORIC ISLAND OF CORREGIDOR TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS THAT THE ISLAND WAS BEING USED AS A TRAINING BASE FOR ANTI-MALAYSIA FORCES. SENATOR GENARO MAGSAYSAY, YOUNGER BROTHER OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, AND CURRENTLY CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE OF NATIONAL DEFENCE, TOURED THE DESERTED AREA WITH THE PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SALVADOR LOPEZ.

    IN MANILA, 600 FILIPINO MOSLEMS DEMONSTRATED AGAINST THE REPORTED KILLING OF SEVERAL MOSLEMS AT THE TRAINING CAMP.

    THE EXISTENCE OF THE CAMP WAS REPORTED ON 18 MARCH, WHEN A 23-YEAR-OLD TRAINEE ALLEGEDLY ESCAPED FROM THE CAMP AFTER A MUTINY. THE TRAINEE, JIBIN ARULA, SAID THAT, FOLLOWING THE MUTINY WHICH HE SAID HAD BEEN SPARKED OFF WHEN THE TRAINEES COMPLAINED ABOUT NOT BEING PAID, HE AND 11 OTHERS WERE MARCHED TO THE ISLAND'S AIRSTRIP AND WERE LINED UP FOR EXECUTION. HE CLAIMED THAT HE ESCAPED, WITH A THIGH WOUND, BY CLIMBING DOWN A NEARBY CLIFF AND SWIMMING TO THE MAINLAND, A FEW MILES AWAY.

    THE CAMP WAS SAID TO HAVE BEEN USED AS AN ANTI-MALAYSIA TRAINING CAMP, FROM LATE DECEMBER LAST YEAR UNTIL MID-MARCH THIS YEAR, FOR SOME 160 FILIPINO MOSLEMS, RECRUITED BY THE CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICE OF THE DEFENCE DEPARTMENT FROM SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES.

    THE TWO INSPECTING OFFICIALS FOUND WOODEN BUNKS AND WALL SCRIBBLINGS IN THE OLD HOSPITAL, WHICH HAD SERVED AMERICAN AND FILIPINO FORCES DURING WORLD WAR TWO, INDICATING RECENT OCCUPANCY.

    PRESIDENT MARCOS HAS DENIED THAT THE TRAINEES WERE INTENDED FOR ANTI-MALAYSIA ACTIVITIES AND SAID THAT THEY WERE BEING TRAINED PURELY FOR DEFENCE.

    MEANWHILE, IN MANILA, THE 600 MOSLEM DEMONSTRATORS MARCHED PEACEFULLY TO THE CONGRESS BUILDING, CALLING FOR JUSTICE FOR MOSLEMS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8XK7DEP4B8N7MMOYGS1CJ09ZH
    Media URN:
    VLVA8XK7DEP4B8N7MMOYGS1CJ09ZH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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