Category Archives: kidnap for ransom

Group says martial law ‘toothless’ as kidnappings, drugs, terrorism continue in Sulu

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Oct) – The civil society organization Save Sulu Movement said the declaration of martial law in Mindanao has been ineffective in putting a stop to terrorism more than four months after President Rodrigo R. Duterte placed the entire island under military rule. Speaking in “Wednesdays Habi at Kape” forum here, […]

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (7): Collusion with the Abu Sayyaf

Seventh of 10 parts 26 May 2017 Whenever lengthy discussions of the Abu Sayyaf are undertaken, the matter of the possible collusion of persons in authority, whether they be military or police personnel or local government officials, with the ASG inevitably comes up.  Let us take a look at each of these in turn. Military/Police […]

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 (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 […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Duterte and Misuari

Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk PRESS CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE AND MORO NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT CHAIRMAN NUR MISUARI [Malacañan Palace | 3 November 2016] PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Good afternoon. Kindly find your seats to make you comfortable. I have a great news for you.  It is with great happiness that I announce to the […]