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Filipino peasant resistance movement with roots in the pre-war barangay (village) and tenant organizations in central Luzon. Led by Luis Taruc, the movement developed during World War II into the Anti-Japanese People's Army, a left-wing guerrilla organization which was as much opposed to the Filipino landlord élite and their US backers as to the Japanese. Active against the latter from 1943, the ‘Huks’ controlled most of central Luzon by the end of the war, but were denied parliamentary representation and went into open rebellion against the Manila government until all but destroyed by government forces between 1950 and 1954.

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