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Lapiang Malaya


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First Posted 04:46:00 05/21/2007

Filed Under: Crime, history

MANILA, Philippines -- On May 21, 1967, almost 400 members of an obscure sect called Lapiang Malaya marched to Malacañang Palace to overthrow then President Ferdinand Marcos.

Holding bolos and bearing amulets, they charged into a group of policemen who blocked their path in Pasay City. After the skirmish, over 30 lay dead.

Survivors of the group, including their leader, Valentin de los Santos, were later arrested for sedition.

De los Santos was committed to the National Mental Hospital where he was mauled and killed. Cyril L. Bonabente, Inquirer Research



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