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By Leonard Davis

This political learn of the Philippines examines the progressive roots that have been growing to be for greater than four hundred years, basically due to Spanish colonization and later in keeping with approximately a century of yankee domination. the writer additionally analyzes Corazon Aquino's first years in energy, and keeps that the President has now not supplied the promised options to her country's difficulties. The booklet strains the historical past and heritage of guerrilla teams and political events within the Philippines, similar to the hot People's military and the Communist social gathering of the Philippines and argues that such firms are strategically poised to take over keep an eye on of the rustic. the writer argues that once the time is ripe, the cave in of the Aquino executive might be quick and surprising and poses the query: should still the united states ship in troops and threat one other Vietnam. Leonard Davis can be the writer of "The Philippines: humans, Poverty and Politics".

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In retreat, the Filipino revolutionaries waged widespread guerrilla warfare. The people supported their fighters, contributing arms, money, food, and other supplies. Most important, however, they gave information about the enemy, and sanctuary in their midst. MacArthur made this report: Wherever throughout the Archipelago there is a group of the insurgent army, it is a fact beyond dispute that all the contiguous towns contribute to the maintenance thereof. In other words, the towns regardless of the fact of American occupation and town organisation are the actual bases for all insurgent military activities, and not only so in the sense of furnishing Revolutionary Roots 31 supplies for the so-called flying columns of guerrillas, but as affording secure places of refuge.

Spenser Revolutionary Roots 29 Pratt, the American consul-general in Singapore, Aguinaldo met with hirn and learned that the US had gone to war with Spain. He was asked to help America by returning to the Philippines to lead the final stage of the revolution in Luzon. To Aguinaldo's question about the gain to the Philippines by aiding America, Pratt answered: 'Independence! We have no ambitions in the Philippines. We entered this war solely for the purpose of freeing Cuba and are solemnly obliged to leave that island once the Spanish have been driven out.

A list of vigilante groups is given in Appendix 11. The image of the groups is firmly framed in Filipinos' minds as the result of a A Country in Crisis 15 photograph which appeared on the front page of several Manila daily newspapers in May 1987: bolo-wielding Tadtad cultists affiliated with NAKASAKA displayed their grisly trophy - the head of a slain 'NPA guerrilla'. News, too, that vigilantes in the Visayas and Mindanao drink the blood or cut off the ears of their victims shows how older indigenous practices have been integrated into today's anticommunist efforts.

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