The Philippines: The Last of the Huks

Preoccupied with the war in Viet Nam, the U.S. sometimes forgets that a similar struggle against Red rebels was won. in the Philippines. Under relentless pressure from President Ramon Magsaysay's counterguerrilla forces, Philippine Communist Leader Luis Taruc surrendered a decade ago and accepted amnesty, ceding command of 56,000 remaining Hukbalahap guerrillas to Jesus Lava, a wiry physician.

One steaming noon last week, intelligence agents of the Philippine Constabulary closed in on a modest clapboard house near Manila's center and roused a pale, gaunt man from a pre-lunch nap. His indignant protest...

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