Laurel to be Tried in Pi Arrives in Manila From Japan with Three of His Colleagues Kyodo-AP Manila, July 24 – Jose P. Laurel, president of the puppet Philippine republic during the Japanese occupation, arrived here with three colleagues by plane Tuesday from Japan to face trial in a people’s court. Heavy overcast skies and drizzling rain provide da gloomy homecoming for the four. The others were Benigno Aquino, puppet speaker of the House, Jorge Varas, puppet ambassador to Japan and Camilio Osias, puppet minister of education. Also on the lane was Jose Laurel III, who faces court martial instead of a people’s court trial because he was a Philippines army officer before the occupation. At the time of his arrest in Tokyo he was his father’s aide.