The third-ranking Communist rebel leader was captured at Manila airport, where he may have been planning to board a flight for Los Angeles under an assumed name, officials said.

President Corazon Aquino said Sunday's capture of Ignacio Capeg-san, whom the military described as deputy secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Philippines, shows that her government is winning its struggle against the 19-year Marxist insurgency.Brig. Gen. Alexander Aguirre, capital regional commander, said Capegsan was captured Sunday in the parking lot of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.