The Philippines Rebels Left and Right

As the guerrilla war heats up, Aquino shuffles the military

Only one railroad line runs the 250 miles from Manila to Naga, a city of 100,000 people located on the narrow, volcano-filled Bicol peninsula. Early last week that line was dramatically severed as 500 men, dressed in military fatigues and believed to be guerrillas of the Communist New People's Army, hijacked a train bound from Naga to the capital. They commandeered it to the town of Del Gallego and attacked the local constabulary headquarters, killing at least five policemen and three civilians. To cover their rear, the rebels blew up a key railroad bridge and effectively cut off train service between...

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