17 May 1954. Luis Mangalus* Taruc, the noted commander-in-chief of the HUKBALAHAP (Hukbong Bayan Laban sa Mga Hapon - People's Army Against the Japanese), surrenders to President Ramon Magsaysay after a four-month negotiation with Benigno Aquino Jr. who served as Magsaysay's representative. Taruc, along with Casto Alejandrino and other revolutionaries, organized the Hukbalahap on 29 March 1942. After the Japanese occupation, Taruc waged war against the US-backed Manuel Roxas government. Until his death on 04 May 2005, he remained committed to pro-poor reforms in Philippine society.
Source/Recommended Reading: Alfredo S. Saulo, Communism in the Philippines: An Introduction (Manila: ADMU Press, 1990), pp. 32, 128-141.
Related Post: "The Origins of the Hukbalahap"
* NOT "Poblete" as earlier posted. Thanks to Cristina Taruc for the correction. :)