May 5, 1987 |
President Corazon Aquino on Monday accused the United States of failing to provide promised military assistance to help her government cope with a Communist rebellion and the threat of new fighting with Muslim guerrillas. Aquino said it appears that U.S. critics of Philippine efforts against the rebels expect her troops to fight "with our teeth and our hands."
October 28, 1989 |
The old farmer had died peacefully, and dozens of villagers filled the house, sipping Cokes and playing cards. But over by the white casket, a thin, soft-spoken man paid his own special respects. "He used to hide me in his house many times," said Bernabe Buscayno. "He was a true believer in what we were fighting for. He was one of our best NPA cadre." That's high praise since Buscayno is better known as Commander Dante, founder of the New People's Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party.
November 5, 1989 |
Torn by internal divisions and under increasing military pressure, the last major Communist insurgency in Southeast Asia has weakened significantly in the past year, increasing evidence shows. After 20 years of war, the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People's Army, have begun to shrink in size and influence, according to Philippine and Western officials. Partly as a result, military action has declined on several key battlefields.
November 2, 1987 |
The aging warlord shook with rage as he stared into the coffin containing the body of his godson. Suddenly, the old man looked up, and his eyes moved quickly around the group of men in dark glasses who stood with him at the church's altar. "You will not forgive this death," the godfather said, his voice just above a whisper. "Nor will you forget the cause."
June 24, 1990 |
Philippine troops arrested a Communist rebel who admitted involvement in the December bombing of a U.S. recreational center in Manila, the chief of the National Police said Saturday. Maj. Gen. Cesar Nazareno identified the guerrilla as Jose Llesis and said Llesis admitted he was one of eight rebels in a van who fired two rifle grenades inside the Seafront sports and recreation facility, about a mile from the U.S. Embassy, Dec. 14, 1989. The attack caused minor damage but no casualties.
November 9, 1990 |
A Communist rebel leader has been captured, the second guerrilla chief to be arrested in four days, the Philippine military said Thursday. Vicente Martinez, chief of the outlawed Communist Party's Visayas command in the central Philippines, was arrested by military and police agents, a spokesman said.