Communist guerrillas in the Philippines are stepping up their challenge to the government of President Ferdinand Marcos.
GV Villamor Airbase, Marine battalion ready for airlift on C-130 planes. (4 SHOTS)
GV/SV Marines attend Mass at airbase. (2 SHOTS)
GV/CU Marines in battledress waiting to board planes. (3 SHOTS)
SV/GV Marines embarking onto plane. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Communist guerrillas in the Philippines are stepping up their challenge to the government of President Ferdinand Marcos. According to Western and Filipino sources, the guerrillas are attacking in greater numbers than ever before and increasing their recruitment. The campaign, by the New people's Army, is forcing the government to devote more resources to counter-insurgency efforts at a time of acute economic crisis. President Marcos recently decided to intensify military intervention on the island of Mindanao, where more than 50 people were said to have died in February. Marine bound for the troubled area left Manila's Villamor Airbase on February 27, after attending a religious service and hearing an address by the Army's Chief-of-Staff General Fabian Ver. Before leaving on board C-130 aircraft, the contingent of crack troops also received the good wishes of President Marco's wife Mrs Imelda Romualdes Marcos.