The Philippines: Slaughter in The Chapel

Slaughter in The Chapel

In the past two years the Philippine government has supported scores of right- wing vigilante groups in their war against the Communist guerrillas of the New People's Army. Among them are Protestants in the tiny village of Rano in the southern Philippines, most of whom belong to a paramilitary cult that refused to pay "revolutionary taxes" to N.P.A. Last week, as Sunday-morning services began, vengeful N.P.A. guerrillas sprayed the chapel with 970 rounds from M-14s. At least 40 people were killed, including eleven children and two pregnant women. The rebels also stole the collection, about $32.

Brigadier General Mariano Baccay, the...

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