THE PHILIPPINES: Surrender of a Communist

The Philippine Republic's Public Enemy No. 1 left his jungle hideout and "came down" to Manila last week. After eight years of guerrilla warfare, in which he ordered the murder of thousands and terrorized the young republic in the name of Karl Marx, smirking Luis Taruc came slouching out of the forest and gave himself up. In their mountain fastnesses, his hard-pressed Huk followers were in a bad way.

From exultant Manila newspapers, the wire services picked up the headline: TARUC SURRENDERS TO PRESIDENT MAGSAYSAY, but at the Philippine army's Camp Murphy the situation looked somewhat different. Taruc was installed...

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