Commander Dante

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Commander Dante refers to Bernabe Buscayno,[1] who became military leader of the New People's Army[2] in the Philippines in October 1970[3] during the First Quarter Storm. William Chapman refers to Dante as one of the "ideological Huks."[4]

Capture, release, and assassination attempt[edit]

Dante was captured in 1977, but released from jail by President Corazon Aquino in 1986. The next year, the 43-year-old Dante survived, but suffered hospitalizing wounds, in an ambush that killed two other people.[1]


  1. ^ a b "World Notes THE PHILIPPINES," TIME (Jun. 22, 1987).
  2. ^ Mila D. Aguilar, Journey: An Autobiography in Verse, 1964-1995 (University of the Philippines Press, 1996), 33.
  3. ^ The late Michae, Dictionary of the Modern Politics of South-East Asia (Routledge, 1996), 187.
  4. ^ William Chapman, Inside the Philippine Revolution: The New People's Army and Its Struggle for Power (I.B.Tauris, 1988), 79.