About 3,000 members of the banned Communist Party of the Philippines (PKP) surrendered to the government on tuesday (31 December) - the last day of an amnesty for opponents of the government.
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Background: About 3,000 members of the banned Communist Party of the Philippines (PKP) surrendered to the government on tuesday (31 December) - the last day of an amnesty for opponents of the government.
The dissidents surrendered to defence Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile in the south-eastern town of Victoria and pledged support for President Ferdinand Marcos' administration.
The amnesty was offered to subversive organisations on 3 November, 1974 and about 9,000 members of the PKP had accepted the guarantee of freedom before the deadline of the end of the year.
Later in November President Marcos said filipinos abroad charged with conspiracy against the state were free to enter or leave the Philippines without fear of being arrested.
Dozens of top communist leaders surrendered following the offer of amnesty and pledged their loyalty to the government.
The visit to Peking last september by Mrs. Imelda Marcos apparently dealt a severe blow to the Philippine communist movement which had the patronage of China for several years.
The amnesty decree applied to four other organisations allied to the communist party.