Government troops in the Philippines have been striking at the southern island of Baseline by air and see where an estimated four thousand Moslem insurgents are waging a secessionist battle.
AERIAL VIEW Baseline Island from helicopter.
AERIAL VIEW Government warship.
TV Helicopter lands on warship. (3 shots)
CU Soldier out of helicopter.
CU Map with officer briefing soldiers and pointing to island.
SV Soldiers into landing craft.
SVS Landing craft leaves ship and arrives at shore.
LV Helicopter lands on shore.
SV Soldiers and artillery on beach.
CU Soldier using radio telephone.1.05
AIR TO AIR T-38 planes attacking Moslem positions. (5 shots)
SV Commodore Fernandez watching from hovering helicopter.
AIR TO AIR T-38 in flight.
SV & CU Dead soldier brought to beach from jungle. (2 shots)
CU Captured Moslem weapons on display.
SV (NIGHT SHOTS) Artillery firing.
Initials VS 9.25 VS 9.40
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Background: Government troops in the Philippines have been striking at the southern island of Baseline by air and see where an estimated four thousand Moslem insurgents are waging a secessionist battle.
Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos ordered his Southwest Command (SOWESCOM) on Monday (3 March) to defend their positions without going on the offensive--but combat has continued at an intense level.
The fighting comes after the collapse of peace talks in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah in January.
Announcing the defensive military strategy after a meeting with his top commanders, President Marcos said the status quo would be maintained in the southern Philippines to provide "a clear atmosphere for negotiations" with the Moslem Moro National Liberation Front".
But last month the Philippines leader said his Government could not accept the insurgents' demands to convert Baseline and three other neighbouring island into an autonomous state with a separate army.
Meanwhile, Government troops have using artillery and air strikes with United States-made T-38 aircraft to maintain their hold on the island.
Several thousand people are thought to have been killed since the secessionist rebellion broke out on the southern islands, two years ago.
Talks between the Philippines Government and Moslem insurgents are expected to resume next month, either in Jeddah, or possibly in Indonesia.