The Philippines: Hunt for the Huks

Three thousand Philippine army and constabulary troopers, led by sniffing German shepherds, last week stalked the rugged forest of central Luzon. They were searching for a band of killers who fortnight ago gunned down a village mayor and his five companions in a roadside ambush. The deaths brought to more than 60 the number of mayors, village officials and ordinary law-abiding citizens who in recent months have died by the terrorist's bullet. The statistic underscores the problem that has risen to plague the seven-month-old regime of President Ferdinand Marcos: the resurgence of the Hukbong Magpapalaya sa Bayan,* the backwoods...

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