THE PHILIPPINES: War of Suppression

Since President Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law last September, the Philippine armed forces have used their new powers in a struggle to suppress two guerrilla rebellions at opposite ends of the country. One has been organized by the Maoist New People's Army, with perhaps 1,500 combat cadres, operating In Isabela province on Luzon Island in the far north of the country. The other is a resistance movement among Moslems in the southern island of Mindanao and on the jewel-like tropical islands of the Sulu Archipelago. While the Maoists have been thrown on the defensive, martial law seems only to...

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