‘Surveillance on Olalia, Sanchez was to verify Cory Aquino’s ties to left’


Ret. Lieutenant Colonel Eduardo “Red” Kapunan. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—One of the principal accused in the 1986 Olalia-Alay-ay murder case admitted to conducting a surveillance of the slain labor leader when he was head of an intelligence unit under the Department of National Defense but said this was only to affirm or debunk reports that the Corazon Aquino government at the time had strong ties with the left.

Taking the witness stand late Tuesday afternoon at the Antipolo Regional Trial Court Branch 98 in his civilian clothes in support of his petition for bail, the media-elusive, former lieutenant colonel, Eduardo Kapunan said he “took it upon (himself)” to “verify (these) reports” that surfaced after the Edsa Revolution, and ordered his men at the Special Operations Group assigned with the Philippine Coconut Authority to “trail” Rolando Olalia, Bobit Sanchez, among other personalities.

He said, however, that he did not personally know Olalia and knew him only through newspaper reports.

At one point, he said he even asked Menardo Baretto, who served as one of the prosecution witnesses in previous hearings, to help Edger Sumido, another accused in the double-murder, in “trailing” Olalia.

Baretto, at that time, was doing his surveillance on Sanchez, Kapunan said.

“I asked Baretto to help Sumido…because the development was rather slow and I wanted to expedite the process,” he said.

On Sept. 15, 1986, however, Kapunan said he received an order that he was being transferred to the General Headquarters Brigade, where he was ordered reportedly to organize a new anti-hijacking force.

Kapunan said he was ordered transferred because the then-Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile had been removed from office and he and the rest of his men were “identified” with Enrile.

As soon as he got the order, he said he gathered the SOG and ordered “all surveillance (and operations) terminated.”

“I told them I was being transferred to another unit and that whoever would be in charge it would be up to him (to decide whether the surveillance will be continued),” he said.

He said he never knew who his successor was but when he left the unit, he said he gave the reigns to then Lieutenant Commander Elpidio Layson.

“I will admit to the surveillance portion, but to the (abduction, slay, coverup), they are all lies,” Kapunan said.

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  • Tatlong Hari

    Ibig po palang sabihin eh ang lider ng gobyerno na si Mrs. Aquino eh sinusurveillance ng mga taong gobyernong pinamumunuan niya? Hmmmmmmm parang alam ko na kung sino ang me pakana.

    • hopeless_na

      eh sino pa ba? eh di yung may pakana ng sunod-sunod na kudeta…

    • indiosbravos2002

      Pangalanan na yan para di na manalo anak. Di ba Jack?

      • diamond_digger

        Yea, with manong johnny and his son plus the son of the late dictator controlling the senate, the unimaginable, chilling scenario that is worse than what we have experienced before is not really farfetched. . . especially so if the electorates would commit the biggest mistake of choosing Binay for the presidency. This man’s thirst for power can only be equaled by his appetite for money. The coming together of the three ‘dreaded kings’ in the UNA party is a real recipe for a national disaster worst than damages thecombined effects of all typhoons and bombings we have experienced in the last decade. And GOD may not give us another EDSA revolt to liberate us from the clutches of tyranny for a second time, so why gamble? Shun UNA like a plague.

    • arao_liwanag

      Ang militar na kontrolado ng RAM, Enrile, Ramos at ang kanilang Among puti. Hanggang ngayon ay ganito pa rin ang power structure.

  • BoyBakal

    Surveillance on Olalia, Sanchez was to verify Cory Aquino’s ties to left’

    Well, it’s no secret.
    During Cory’s time, they tie yellow ribbon in the left and right side.

    • $46804224

      wrong, the left boycotted 1986 election and was sidelined by history…

  • Handiong

    “I will admit to the surveillance portion, but to the (abduction, slay, coverup), they are all lies,” Kapunan said.

    That Olalia was abducted is a lie? That Olalia was slain is a lie? That there was a coverup is a lie? If they were all lies, then Olalia must be alive today.

    • grapesofwrath

      I think he meant the accusations against him in relation to the abduction, slay, coverup…
      Oh, you know that!

      • Handiong

        Kapunan was part of the ultra-rightist faction of the AFP. “Lies” is the standard defense. Anyway, let the case go its course in the courts.

  • nes911

    Si enrile lahat ang may pakana, yan ang ibig sabihin ni kapunan. Enrile should be investigated.

  • Albert Einstien

    ninoy AQUINO is an ACKNOWLEDGED friend & collaborator of JOMA SISON….In my capacity as general secretary of the Movement for the Advancement of Nationalism (MAN) and chairman of the Kabataang Makabayan (KM), I met Ninoy Aquino as senator in the late 1960s. We discussed how to oppose Marcos. Since then, Ninoy and I had become friends. “ -JOMA SISON.-The Philippine Star 19 August 2012

    1968 NINOY AQUINO … exposed the RE-TAKING by marcos of our OIL RICH SABAH… … Benigno” NINOY” Aquino Jr. he is a a FRIEND of malaysian leaders.who FINANCED , ARMED ,TRAINED & INSTIGATED the REBELLION in the south … MNLF was established in 1968…..also, CPP-NPA was established in 1968…..

    1968……………HACIENDA LUISITA was planned to be RETURNED & distributed to the FARMERS by MARCOS in 1968 ( The government’s first follow-up letter was written by Conrado Estrella of the Land Authority on March 2, 1967 …HACIENDA LUISITA ( 6,400 hectares ) the root of political & economic turbulence..the DECLINE of everything good for Filipino..& deprivation and injustice to the farmers 1968 to 2013 )…

    CORY ALLOWED CHINA intrusion in 1987 to our Kagitingan Reef then ..they are NOW CLAIMING the whole SCS..CORY instead of DEFENDNG or filng a protest against china intrussion..&. in 1988 ENTRY of chinese WARSHIP in Our territory and established outpost there……. While vietnam fought china and regain their territory ..CORY instead of sending the navy as what marcos did..choose to celebrate with her BLOOD RELATIVES in china. She also lighted incense at the altar of the Ancestral Temple of the Xu (Co) Clan. She was quoted as having remarked “I am the President, but I am also the daughter of Hongjian Village” ( news item )…………….

    ……………..adding insult to the peaceful citizens… CORY RELEASED ALL ENEMIES of the state …now they are demanding their own territories ( milf ) & asking joint governance with rp govt ( cpp-npa ) & assured MALAYSIA PM MAHATIR in NOVEMBER 1987 that sabah issue is a NON-ISSUE which she DID & NOTHING HAPPENned on our SABAH claim during her ENTIRE TERM..……2012 spratly & panatag Islands- Pnoy aquino- visited china in 2011 AFTER his ELECTION in 2010..he said to his relatives ” if one is to move forward, one must know how to look back. So I would like to thank the people of Hongjian—all my distant cousins, aunts, and uncles—for their warm welcome, and for being among the many who give me the strength to carry on and succeed,” ..china established a govt over the islands after backdoor negotiations on july 2012 …..just recently 10/2012 pnoy-MALAYSIA-milf peace deal.( why is MALAYSIA so interested in MILF TERRITORY ? )…they just talk to one small rebel group yet they already call it peace while there are plenty more rebel armed groups in the same area… consider it already a political entity bangsamoro..a new away territories not even within his power to give!…………………..Now
    2013..Sulu Sultanate ARMY made a SUICIDE & PATRIOTIC move & RAISED PHILPPINE FLAG in SABAH and making a RE-CLAIM of NATIONAL TERRITORY & SOVEREIGNTY for the people……which the govt of pnoy should be doing ..instead PNOY govt acting as MALASia spokeperson & COLLABORATING with MALAYSIA who are KILLING MERCILESSLY our citizens in sabah ( territory grabber & INSATIABLE LOOTER of our resources ) for the DEPORTATION & SURRENDER of the hapless PATRIOTIC FILIPINO CITIZENS who are DOING the SWORN DUTIES of the GOVT…protection of sovereignty & territorial integrity , to serve & protect the people as prime duties of govt under the CONSTITUTION..!……………………….

    • kulkat8

      Ka Nilo kamusta na.

    • Pio Pusli

      my Daddy was the boyfriend/lover of Ronald Reagan, how come he knew nothing about this?

    • nes911

      A lot of bull…..

    • lex

      Galing talaga ni ALBERT…….. Palibhasa ” BATANG MENTAL ” !!!!

    • 1bravo9

      dami mo sinabi halata namang kasinungalingan tumulong ka na lang na lipulin mga mandarambong para di sayang ang haba ng sinabi mo na kasinungalingan

  • Corrupt_Jerk

    Jack-ass Enrile..No Vote for this Monster.

  • salomeahmad

    If Cory reached out to the political foes of the Marcos dictatorship, she did it to all. To suggest a housewife had a leftist agenda is preposterous but a smokescreen of the military’s ambition of a power grabbed.

    • grapesofwrath

      You mean “power grab”, right?

    • Paitoonn Charoenkrung

      the late Cory’s cabinet were filled with leftist and the sparrow squad of the NPA were making havoc right in Manila, killing policemen almost everyday

  • Pio Pusli

    in other words, Sir Colonel and assistant Rambo, youi’re an angel ang Olalia committed suicide by staging a kidnapping of himself. and btw, Enrile, Honasan and you, were trying to save Olalia from killing himself and were so distraught that your group did a coup d’etat against the govt of Aquino.

  • mamer2

    WHERE was/IS the NEWS in This Article..?
    The “title” could be easily misunderstood if read…, “superficially”.

  • yxoiyiu

    i still remember one newspaper, i’m not sure if it was the inquirer, that wrote and described how olalia was abducted, transported and kept in one of the properties or beach resort of a now old senator, and how olalia was killed.

    the newspaper wrote that the witness described olalia as just silent while he was held captive and later tortured and killed. his eyes were gouged out, if I’m not mistaken.

    malacanang invited the leaders of different militant and left-leaning groups and asked them to behave and not destabilize the government because of the killing of olalia. malacanang explained to the groups that the coup plotters would grab power and take over the government, once different militant groups sowed chaos and stage rallies.

  • Loggnat

    Kapunan is one of Enrile’s boys, no wonder he was able to hide in plain sight for all those years that he was supposedly a fugitive. Lacson was able to do the same thing, Honasan did too until he got caught, Palparan, and also the Reyes brothers. Could it be that Enrile has a hand on all these fugitives being able to successfully elude the law? Nah….. he can’t be that powerful. Could he?!!??

    • $14334231

      or IS HE!!!!??????…..the answer is very obvious!!!!……cagayan is the hiding place…no RATS in that province….king juan owns it!!!…..

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Until the last breath of yours you will still lie KAPUNAN! Ikanta mo na lahat malapit ka na mamatay!


      coz his sons/daughters future are all secured same as Ninoy’s murderers..!This is one behavior they learned in the PMA,if lahat tayu gumawa ng mali at nahuli ka huwag mo kami idadamay,ibg sdbhin bulok ka magtago at nahuli ka!

  • AllaMo

    Sana kuhanin na lang si kinapunan at ang panginoon niyang si juan nang lord taning nila. Isama na rin si gringa.

  • BruinBearDad

    Enrile – One of the principal people who caused the decline of the Philippines. It all started with him and Marcos.

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