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Special Assignment (Philippines) (Part III) #101246

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 05, 1986
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(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.

(Davao, Philippines: Mark Litke) New People's Army (NPA), communist insurgency in Philippines, and government's battle against them examined; scenes shown. [Lieutenant Colonel Edgardo ESPINOZA - claims marines are winning.] [Former NPA member "GLORIA" - fears death by NPA assassination squads for defecting.] [NPA MBR. - is confident of victory; remarks transcribed on screen.] Daily murder rate in Davao as guerrilla war moves into city discussed; photos shown. Population said more fearful of civilian home defense forces (CHDF) than NPA, armed by the government, due to their use as private army by local warlords. [WOMAN - describes attack on family by CHDF.] [ESPINOZA - acknowledges abuse by some military] Civil war said expected by many; details given. [NPA SPOKESPERSON - assumes United States will intervene; remarks transcribed on screen.]

Koppel, Ted;
Litke, Mark

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