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.
March 19, 1987 |
The Philippine military warned President Corazon Aquino on Wednesday that the bombing at the nation's prestigious military academy earlier in the day was a brutal message that her civilian government must get tougher in battling the country's Communist insurgency or face bigger casualties in the future. Calling the powerful explosion that left four dead and dozens of soldiers and civilians wounded "an act of terrorism," the armed forces chief of staff, Gen. Fidel V.
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.
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.