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Aquino commission cuts short its US hearings

A Philippines board of inquiry investigating the assassination of opposition leader Benigno Aquino cut short its hearings here Friday because a series of witnesses had refused to give evidence, the board general counsel said.

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The counsel, Andres Narvasa, said he had been told that members of Mr. Aquino's family living in the United States had refused to recognize the validity of the board. A former Philippines Army major living in the US who had said he had inside knowledge of the assassination also would not give evidence, Mr. Narvasa said.

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