Category Archives: Abu Sayyaf Group

“ISIS-Philippines” listed as foreign terrorist organization but is there an “ISIS-Philippines”?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /02 March) — The US State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism on Tuesday designated “ISIS-Philippines” as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), the third Philippine-based group declared as FTO, after the Abu Sayyaf in 1997 and the Communist Party of the Philippines / New People’s Army in 2002. But what constitutes “ISIS-Philippines”?  Is there […]

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POSTSCRIPT: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group: Violent extremism enters a new phase (3)

Last of three parts Are Negotiations Possible…Or Even Desireable? In a speech given in a military camp recently, President Duterte ordered the troops to “crush” the insurgents in Marawi, adding “when I say crush them, you have to destroy everything”.  This was with regard to the current problem in Marawi.  But what about the longer-term […]

POSTSCRIPT:  Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group: Violent extremism enters a new phase (2)

Addressing the Crisis Right now, the Government is addressing the crisis in Marawi primarily with a military response, with an aid package of P10 billion set aside for the rehabilitation of the city after the fighting ends.  This is as it should be.  The first order of the day should be to retake the city […]

POSTSCRIPT:  Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group: Violent extremism enters a new phase (1)

1st of three parts As the ten-part series on the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was being published in MindaNews (May 20 – 29 2017), the news broke out about the fighting that started on May 23 in the Islamic City of Marawi.  As reported, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)  had received intelligence reports […]

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (2): Muslim-Christian Enmity

2nd of 10 parts Let us begin by posing an uncomfortable question:  does there still exist a deep-seated enmity, perhaps below the level of consciousness, visceral, instinctive, but real nevertheless between Christians and Muslims, which colors relationships and makes it difficult to achieve a real understanding between adherents of the two faiths? The historian Rudy […]

Malaysian Terrorist allegedly killed by Philippine military still alive – Malaysian cop says

In February 2012, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), together with troops from the United States of American, bombed an alleged terrorist camp in the jungles of Sulu. The AFP claimed that an Abu Sayyaf leader was killed together with two top terrorists of the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyyah (JI). One of them was a Malaysian named Zulkifli […]