Category Archives: asg

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 (6): The Shadow Economy

Sixth of 10 parts 25 May 2017 Reference was made in an earlier article in this series to the smuggling of rice, sugar and petroleum products currently going on between Sabah on the one hand, and Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi on the other hand.  While illegal, these activities meet a market demand in the region […]

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (5): Poverty

5th of a series The issue of poverty is undoubtedly a major contributing factor to unrest in an area.  Let us look at the data on the ARMM over a 12-year period. Poverty Incidence                                                         2 0 0 3                                                     2 0 1 5 Provinces % Rank* % Rank** Basilan 66% 75 37% 59 Lanao del […]

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (3): Radicalization of Outlook

3rd of 10 parts In the second article in this series we raised the question as to whether feelings of enmity still exist among significant portions of Muslim and Christian Filipinos vis-à-vis each other.  Whatever the situation is, whether this is perceived to be a serious issue or not, there is the problem of Muslim […]

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (1)

1st of 10 parts Starting today, Saturday, 20 May 2017, MindaNews begins a 10-part series on the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) to stimulate discussion on how this over two-decade threat could be effectively addressed. The author, Vic M. Taylor, originally from Cebu, has been involved in various peace and development activities in Mindanao, particularly in […]