NEWSFLASH !!! GENERAL VER IS DEAD
Manila, Nov. 21, 1998 - General Fabian Ver, former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, is dead.
The news was relayed from Bangkok to Manila radio listeners by Mel Amado, spokesman of the Ver family. General Ver died at 6:30 this morning in a Bangkok hospital from a lingering illness.
Contacted by radio stations, former First Lady Imelda Marcos was saddened by the news, and expressed concern for the late general's mother who is still alive and waiting for her son in the old family home in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.
Presidential Spokesman Fernando Barican told Philippine Headline News Online this morning that President Estrada had ordered the issuance of passports to all the members of the Ver family before the chief executive left for Bangkok last week, thus enabling the Ver sons to be with their father during the last few days. The general, however, was too weak to travel and died before he could recover enough to be allowed by doctors to take a flight home.
General Ver and his family were flown to Hawaii with the Marcoses by the Americans in February of 1986, and had not been allowed back until President Joseph Estrada assumed the presidency.
Both Presidents Fidel Ramos and Cory Aquino had considered Ver a threat to national security and refused to issue passports to the Ver family. The general was to face several lawsuits, and was implicated in the deaths of Senator Ninoy Aquino and suspected assassin Rolando Galman.
The body of the late general is expected to be flown to Manila after arrangements are made with the Philippine military. There are no expected delays or legal complications since the general was the holder of a Philippine passport at the time of his death, and had the go-signal of the Philippine government to come home.
Former Congressman Roquito Ablan of Ilocos Norte praised General Ver's record of service tot he Republic of the Philippines, and reminded radio listeners that General Ver was responsible for preventing the takeover of Manila by the Hukbalahap when he faced them in Marikina.
There has so far been no official statement from Malacanang.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
© Copyright, 1998 by PHILIPPINE
HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved
Back to the PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE HomePage