THE PHILIPPINES: A Mockery of Justice

Neatly dressed in gabardine slacks and lightweight lumber jacket, a battered copy of Reader's Digest clutched in his hands, Prisoner Luis Taruc stood before the bar of justice in Manila last week. The man who had led the bloody, Communist Huk rebellion for eight years heard his sentence: twelve years in jail, a $10,000 fine. Taruc beamed, relatives happily pounded his back, bussed his cheeks. Then, with colossal effrontery, the rebel leader announced: "I can take anything for the sake of the peace of our country."

Cried the Manila Evening News: "The minimum sentence is an insult and bitter fruit...

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