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TWo U.S. soldiers, 2 others die
in rebel attacks in Philippines
ANGELES CITY, Philippines
(AP) — Suspected communist rebels
shot and killed two U.S. airmen and
two other people Wednesday in sep
arate daylight attacks near the giant
U.S. Clark Air Base.
U.S. officials said the dead in
cluded two Air Force sergeants, a
Filipino retired from the U.S. Air
Force and a Filipino businessman of
U.S. ancestry. Assassins also fired on
an Air Force captain.
The attacks came within 15 min
utes of each other and followed by
several hours the slayings of two po
licemen and the wounding of an
army colonel in Manila. Authorities
also blamed those on the rebels.
Names of the victims were not im
mediately available. Base spokesman
Maj. Thomas Boyd said both airmen
were in uniform.
Maj. Gen. Donald Snyder, com
mander of the 13th Air Force, said
the motive for the killings were un
known. But Col. Manuel Caranza,
security officer of the Philippine mil
itary’s Clark Air Base Command,
said he suspected communist rebels
were responsible.
He said the style of the attacks and
the weapons used — .45-caliber pis
tols — pointed to rebel assassination
teams known as “sparrow units” for
the swiftness of their assaults.
Francisco Nepomuceno, mayor of
Angeles City, also said he suspected
communist assassination squads be
cause of recent U.S. arms shipments
and statements of support for Presi
dent Corazon Aquino’s government.
A statement by the Philippine mil
itary said the first attack came at
about 3:45 p.m. when three assail
ants shot dead an Air Force sergeant
in front of a McDonald’s less than
two miles from the base.
Moments later, up to 15 gunmen
ambushed the car of another Air
Force sergeant, killing him instantly.
The Filipino businessman, who
led to investigate, was also slain.
The retired Air Force sergeant
was shot dead as he drove his station
wagon near a military housing area,
the statement said.
The Air Force captain was at
tacked near another housing area at
about the same time, the statement
added. When the captain returned
fire, the rebels fled.
Boyd said the attacks occurred on
a day when the base was conducting
an exercise to test responses to emer
gencies “from a plane crashing on
the runway to robbery to a terrorist
At the Pentagon, officials who
spoke on condition of anonymity
said the attacks “were obviously
“Can we say for sure who’s re
sponsible? No,” said one source.
“Does this look like the insurgents?
The rebel New People’s Army op
erates in the Clark area, about 50
miles north of Manila. Rebels gener
ally had avoided attacking Ameri
cans during their 18-year insur
The communist leadership re
cently warned it would target Ameri
cans and American interests if the
United States continued supporting
the government’s counterinsurgency
Kidnappers release Korean,
receive $1 million ransom
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Kid
nappers released a South Korean
diplomat for a $1 million ransom af
ter holding him for 21 months, the
leader of the mainstream Shiite Mos
lem militia said Wednesday.
Do Chae-Sung was released Tues
day, Nabih Berri, leader of the Shiite
Amal militia, told reporters at his
residence in Moslem west Beirut.
“Amal did its job to protect him
after his release,” Berri said in En
glish. He did not disclose further de
No information was immediately
available about who provided the
money and who was paid.
Do, 33, the second secretary at the
South Korean embassy in Beirut,
was kidnapped in the city’s Moslem
sector on Jan. 31, 1986. A group
calling itself Revolutionary Cells
claimed his abduction, but has made
no public demands.
A Lebanese employee at the
South Korean embassy also said the
diplomatic mission does not have in
formation about Do being released.
Do’s release leaves 22 foreigners,
including eight Americans, held hos
tage after kidnappings in Lebanon.
Anglican Church envoy Terry
Waite is among them. He’s been
missing since January.
There have been several kidnap
pings for ransom in Lebanon during
recent months. A West German en
gineer was taken hostage and re
ports said Siemens, an electronic
company from West Germany, paid
his ransom.
Do’s release came one day after
kidnapped American journalist
Terry Anderson, the longest-held
foreign hostage, turned 40 in captiv
Anderson, chief Middle East Cor
respondent of The Associated Press,
was kidnapped in west Beirut March
16, 1985. One day later, the pro-Ira-
nian Islamic Jihad, claimed his ab
“Happy Birthday doesn’t seem
appropriate,” Anderson’s sister,
Peggy Say, told a ceremony Tuesday
at the Jefferson Memorial in Wash
“Let me tell you something about
my little brother,” Mrs. Say said.
“I-le’s not an ordinary man. ... In the
latest picture, his head is held high
and he has the look of utter defiance
on his face. Terry Anderson will sur
The ceremony in Washington was
sponsored by No Greater Love, a
private humanitarian organization,
and the Journalists Committee to
Free Terry Anderson.
Federal budget deficit lessens
by 33 percent in 1987 fiscal year
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit,
helped by a revenue bonanza, shrank by 33 percent in
the budget year which ended Sept. 30 even tnough the
U.S. government spent $1 trillion for the first time in
history, the Reagan administration reported Wednes
The administration’s final accounting for the past
budget year showed the imbalance between revenues
and spending fell to $148 billion, down from the record
$221.1 billion in the 1986 fiscal year.
The improvement came in a 12-month period in
which the federal government spent a record $1,002
trillion, up 1.2 percent from fiscal 1986 when federal
spending was $990.2 billion.
Revenues shot up at a much faster clip than spend
ing, rising by 11.1 percent to total $854.1 billion. The
increase was due in large part to higher-than-expected
individual tax payments resulting from the changeover
to the new tax law.
The 1987 budget figures were announced as the ad
ministration and congressional budget negotiators got
down to serious bargaining, which they hope will result
in substantial deficit reductions aimed at calming stock
market jitters over the federal government’s unending
flow of deficits.
There have now been deficits in 26 of the past 27
years, running up a total accumulated national debt of
$2.37 trillion. Servicing that debt cost U.S. taxpayers a
record $195.4 billion in 1987, up from $190.2 billion in
The flood of government red ink has been cited by
some analysts as a prime cause for the plunge on the
stock market as fears increased that the higher interest
rates needed to meet the government’s borrowing obli
gations would trigger a recession.
President Reagan, in an effort to calm those con
cerns, has announced a willingness to bargain with Con
gress over ways to reach the Gramm-Rudman deficit
target of $144 billion for the current fiscal year.
House votes
to postpone
waste decision
House Interior Committee ap
proved by voice vote on Wednes
day a bill that would delay for at
least 18 months any major deci
sions on how to dispose of the na
tion’s high-level nuclear wastes.
The legislation, drafted by
Chairman Morris K. Udall, D-
Ariz., calls for the appointment of
a three-member independent
commission to review the Energy
Department’s controversial site
selections to date and report back
to Congress in a year.
It also calls for a “special nego
tiator” to attempt to work out vol
untary siting agreements with
states or Indian tribes, both for
permanent nuclear waste reposi
tories as well as an interim cooling
and packaging facility known as
an MRS — for monitored retriev
able storage.
Since the multibillion-dollar
program began in 1982, the En
ergy Department has tabbed
three western states, Washington,
Texas and Nevada, as candidate
sites for the first repository, and it
has picked Tennessee for the
MRS. All have vehemently pro
tested the department’s decisions.
Several eastern states are equally
unhappy at the prospect of being
tabbed as the site for a second re
Udall’s bill would impose an
18-month moratorium on sinking
exploratory shafts at the three
western sites — the Hanford nu
clear reservation in Washington,
Yucca Mountain in Nevada, and
Deaf Smith County in Texas —
and on any major work on an
MRS. It also would force the de
partment to scuttle a preliminary
list of eastern sites and begin
anew the search for a second re
Chinese delegates want leader to keep post
BEIJING (AP) — Several dele-
f es to the Communist Party Con-
ss said Wednesday they want top
ier Deng Xiaoping to retain his
posts, reflecting doubts about the fu
ture of China’s reform policies with
out his leadership.
“Efforts are being made on both
fronts, by Comrade Deng Xiaoping
and by the deputies to the party con
gress, to persuade and be per
suaded,” Liao Bokang, party secre
tary of the city of Chungking and a
delegate, said at a news conference.
Deng, 83, has been China’s top
leader since 1978 and has spear
headed the country’s market-
oriented economic reform and
open-door policies.
In recent months, he has said re
peatedly that he plans to retire from
the five-man Politburo Standing
Committee, the party’s highest deci
sion-making body, and as head of
the party’s Central Advisory Com
mission, an influential group of el
derly officials.
But he is widely expected to retain
his post as head of the party Central
Military Commission.
China’s leaders were believed to
have agreed in prolonged dis
cussions before the congress to have
Deng and three other Standing
Committee members in their 70s
and 80s step down. But the dele
gates’ statements Wednesday indi
cated that a final decision has yet to
be reached.
A report in the state-run People’s
Daily on Wednesday said Sichuan
peasants watching the live telecast
Sunday of the congress’ opening ses
sion were delighted to see Deng
looking well.
Deng hopes that his retirement
will force other elderly, more con
servative leaders to follow suit, al
lowing younger officials who sup
port his economic and political
reforms to take over.
In addition, observers believe
Deng wants to ensure a smooth
transfer of power during his lifetime
to avoid a struggle and possible re
turn to the extreme leftism that dev
astated the country during the 1966-
76 Cultural Revolution.
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