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One of the cult's most successful subversive operations is described in several letters known as "The Jumbo Series." Armed with music and inspirational tapes, very well-dressed young women from the group infiltrated military barracks and offices, presenting themselves to the secretaries and asking to speak with colonels and generals, saying: "Tell him that two pretty young girls want to talk to him about love." Not surprisingly, most of the time they were welcomed into the most closed of offices. When the official in question was known to be moral (and the girls would be careful to inquire about this beforehand), the approach was more circumspect.

In just a few months, the Children of God had thoroughly infiltrated the military, using their anti-Communist literature, their sexual favors, and their music to win the highest officials in the nation. During the entire infiltration operation, David Berg and Karen Zerby directed the work and counseled their teams through letters and phone calls, and nothing was done without their express permission.

With the fall of the Marcos government these same officials rose to power, and with them, the Children of God. When Cardinal Jaime Sin stirred up public opinion against the cult and demanded its expulsion from the country, the military quietly came to its defense. After the cult sent its American and European members to Thailand and other countries (from which they were later expelled), the armed forces enabled it to continue "underground."

David Berg wrote a pamphlet entitled "The Red Menace" which was distributed among all the military in the Philippines. This pamphlet was printed by the Aquino government's own military leaders and distributed, not by the Children of God, but by the soldiers themselves on orders from the military leadership. In this pamphlet, Berg sounds a "call to arms" for the soldiers to rise up against "the Red Beast." But in secret letters to his disciples Berg declared his true intention: to awaken the military to the "danger" of the supposedly pro-Communist government of Corazon Aquino.

In the early 90s, The Family was going strong with the full protection of Corazon Aquino's military. The layer of military protection was so great that a round-the-clock military armed guard was provided at "Jumbo" – a large Family center in Manila.

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