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April 3, 1987 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
At high noon Thursday, the 13 devotees of the Sagrado Corazon Senor religious cult fell to their knees in the detention area of a military camp here and prayed for strength to resume their holy war against communism. For 15 minutes, they mumbled sacred incantations, fingered amulets that they believe make their bodies bulletproof and invoked the power of their master, a bearded Filipino religious zealot who claims to be a reincarnation of Jesus.
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July 28, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
President Fidel V. Ramos on Monday urged Congress to legalize the outlawed Philippine Communist Party as a step toward ending Southeast Asia's longest-running Marxist insurgency. In a state of the nation address, Ramos also said he is submitting to the legislature for its immediate approval a proclamation granting amnesty to all rebel groups in the country, if they apply for it.
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October 28, 1989 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 16, 1991 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The State Department has denied a travel visa to a former Philippine Communist leader living in exile in the Netherlands, prompting a possible conflict over whether the action violates a congressional mandate to halt exclusions based on a person's political beliefs. Jose Maria (Joma) Sison, who more than 20 years ago founded the Maoist-oriented Communist Party of the Philippines and its military arm, the New People's Army, sought the visa to appear in Honolulu federal court early next year.
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November 5, 1989 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 24, 1990 | United Press International
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.
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November 9, 1990 | Reuters
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.
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February 1, 1988
A Philippine Communist rebel said that preparations are being made for the assassination of U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Platt and warned that the rebels will strike at the first opportunity.
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June 18, 1987
More than 1,200 Communist rebels, including a mayor and 200 fighters, turned themselves in at a ceremony in Tandag on strife-torn Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines. They swore loyalty to President Corazon Aquino's government in the biggest mass surrender since the start of a rebel amnesty program four months ago.
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September 22, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Communist rebels announced Saturday that they are ending their cease-fire because President Corazon Aquino is campaigning to keep U.S. forces in the Philippines. The Philippine Senate has rejected a new U.S. base agreement, but Aquino said she wants to hold a referendum so voters can decide the issue. A statement by the rebel National Democratic Front said the cease-fire would expire at midnight today and that the New People's Army would be free to attack "traitorous enemy forces."
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November 9, 1990 | Reuters
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.
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July 7, 1990 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Philippine Communist guerrillas will free a kidnaped U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and a Japanese aid worker unharmed and without ransom within the month, a purported rebel spokesman said Friday. A man who identified himself as a commander of the New People's Army told Philippine reporters by telephone that NPA troops are holding Timothy Swanson, of Cheyenne, Wyo.
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June 24, 1990 | United Press International
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.
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May 16, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was an unusual audience for a movie's American premiere. Two-thirds of the opening-night crowd at the Mission District's Roxie Cinema were Filipinos. There were priests but no celebrities, tables stacked with literature instead of promotional gimmicks and not a paparazzi in sight.
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May 7, 1990 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. officials said Sunday that they fear additional attacks on American diplomats or military personnel in the Philippines following the shooting death of a U.S. Marine sergeant by suspected Communist assassins outside Subic Bay Naval Base. With sensitive talks due to begin May 14 on the future of the six U.S. military facilities in the Philippines, the officials fear the Friday night shooting may signal a new campaign of leftist violence to force the bases out.
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November 9, 1989 | United Press International
The military Wednesday filed murder charges against 21 Communist rebels believed responsible for the September slayings of two American civilian technicians, officials said. The 21 rebels, who are at large, are being tracked by military agents in Pampanga province, where the U.S. Clark Air Base is located 50 miles north of Manila. American technicians Donald Buchner, 44, of Elizabethtown, N.J., and William Thompson, 45, were killed Sept.
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November 5, 1989 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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