Inside the Communist Insurgency

Indoctrination, anti-Americanism and "instant justice"

His fellow guerrillas call him Ka Victus--Ka being short for kasama, or comrade, in Tagalog. He is like many of the Filipinos who have joined the New People's Army in the past few years. An activist since his student days, Victus, 36, became disillusioned with the political system after losing an election for town councilor in 1980. Dressed in a yellow T shirt and sporting a mustache and small beard, he speaks earnestly about Philippine Communism. "In central Luzon, many Communists like me are not direct victims of Marcos," Victus acknowledges, "while in Mindanao, many join the party because they have...

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