Colonel Victor Corpus’ "Silent War" provides a first-hand and honest look into the challenge of communist insurgency in the Philippines and submits his views on how it can be defeated. It is the first book ever written on insurgency by a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines based on his own inside view of the enemy, by a man who actually lived and fought on the side of the insurgents and who, in fact, became a member of the Central Committee, the hightest policy-making organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
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"...Col. Victor Corpus, the former NPA rebel and now chief of the Intelligence Service of the AFP, whose book, Silent War, had become the veritable counter-insurgency blueprint being used by the AFP." Bulatlat.com
UPDATE: January 2001; from yimby.com
Remember Colonel Victor Corpuz, the former communist rebel who fought the Philippine government for years in the past? Tuesday, he took over as the intelligence chief of his country's armed forces. Corpuz lead communist rebels in raiding the Philippine Military Academy armory, seizing assault rifles, machine guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition. As a rebel, Corpuz became a member of the local communist party's central committee before he surrendered in 1976. He was reinstated in the army in 1986, rose in the ranks and was an operations deputy chief at the defense department before his new assignment.
Former military rebel named intelligence chief
By Carlito Pablo Inquirer News Service
IN 1970, a young military lieutenant jolted the Marcos regime when he staged a daring raid of the Philippine Military Academy armory and joined the New People’s Army. He subsequently rose to a senior position in the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Yesterday, Victor Corpus, now 56 and a full colonel, created another surprise when he took his post as chief of the elite Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (Isafp).
He replaced Lt. Gen. Jose Calimlim, the AFP vice chief of staff who had held the Isafp post on a concurrent capacity.
In simple turnover ceremonies, Corpus appealed to everyone "not to link my past and there is no cause for alarm." He rejoined the military in 1987.
Corpus was detained for years at the Isafp compound in Camp Aguinaldo following his surrender in 1976 when he became disenchanted with the local communist movement.
Corpus, a graduate of PMA Class 1967, was an instructor in the military school when he led an NPA team that raided the armory on Dec. 29, 1970. They carted several rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, a bazooka and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
He finished his elementary and high school education at the De La Salle College in Manila. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from PMA and holds a master’s degree from Harvard University.
After graduating from the PMA, Corpus trained in the Army’s Special Forces and the Constabulary Rangers. In the communist movement, he was the personnel and training officer of the NPA Northern Luzon command from 1971-1975 and a member of the CPP central committee from 1975-1976.
Oddly, his official military records released by the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel reflected the years he spent with the Left.
He was among the first political prisoners to be released after the February 1986 Edsa uprising. After his release, Corpus claimed that communist rebels were responsible for the August 1971 Plaza Miranda bombing that killed nine people, injured 30 others and became one of the reasons for Marcos’ declaration of martial law in 1972.
In 1987, Corpus was reinstated in the military and worked as chief of the Combat Research Office of the deputy chief of staff for operations until June 1989. He was Army deputy for intelligence from 1975-1976.
Until his designation as Isafp chief, Corpus was deputy chief of the operations center of the National Peace and Development Plan under the defense department, a position he held since January 2000.
Corpus co-authored the AFP anti-insurgency program, "Lambat Bitag," in 1988 and pioneered the Task Force Panay, a reforestation project in Capiz. He wrote a book in 1987, "Silent War," where he outlined how the communist insurgency can be defeated.
He is a recipient of several awards, including two distinguished service star medals, two bronze cross medals and the Gawad sa Kaunlaran medal.
Corpus has reached the mandatory retirement age of 56 but is still active in the service. He will turn 57 on Oct. 4. His official records show that he will retire in October 2004.
Defense Secretary Orlando Mercado said an arrangement "must have been struck . . . when he applied for amnesty then."
"But I assure that he has the integrity and competence to hold that position. I have spoken with the chief of staff and his (Corpus) previous experiences will be a plus factor," Mercado said.