'Edsa was like a new dawn for me'
KUMANDER DANTE, the legendary founder of the New People's Army (NPA), was rotting in a Marcos prison in Camp Crame when People Power broke out in the streets just outside his cell. Freed from detention after Marcos fell, Dante and other communists took a stab at electoral politics, running for the Senate in 1987. He lost, and was nearly killed not long afterward when unknown men fired at his vehicle. He has since returned to farming in Capas, Tarlac, the birthplace of the NPA. He no longer believes in the primacy of armed struggle.
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