Category Archives: violent extremism

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 […]

TURNING POINT: The War that Should Not Have Been

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 18 June) — The current public disclosure that Malacanang was aware of a Maute plan to attack Marawi City days before President Duterte and his key security executives’ trip to Russia raises disturbing questions: Why did the Presidential entourage still leave the country despite the damning intelligence information? With such […]

PEACETALK: Addressing Religious Violent Extremism from an ideological framework: Some thoughts for consideration

Many social scientists have looked into violent extremism and many have always talked about socio-economic contexts and conditions as the push and pull factors in facilitating the rise of religious extremism. What many social scientists forget is that there is an ideological condition in this challenge, the ideology that has been called by others as […]

KONSYENSYA DABAW: Not Too  Late To Back Down On Martial Law In Mindanao

Martial Law is upon Mindanao and Mindanawons once again. We in Konsyensya Dabaw are alarmed that 31 years after the ouster of the Marcos dictatorship, with which Filipinos resoundingly rejected militarism and authoritarian rule,  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte saw it necessary to declare martial rule ostensibly to address the violence that broke out and escalated […]

Maguindanao governor to mayors: help stop spread of ‘violent extremism’

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/17 May) — Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu has sought the help of the 36 mayors of the province in halting reported attempts by foreign visitors to spread the teaching of “violent extremism”. Some foreign Muslim preachers have gone to some secluded parts of the province to teach bomb-making instead of the way to become a good Muslim, Mangudadatu told the mayors during […]

Unimplemented peace pacts will be “rallying point of extremists in Mindanao”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 December) – A continued failure in implementing the peace agreements between government and the Bangsamoro revolutionary fronts will be the rallying point of extremists in Mindanao,” leaders of the Moro fronts said at the end of  the two-day Kusog Mindanaw conference on federalism Wednesday. “We, the MNLF (Moro National Liberation […]

At ASEAN meet, Duterte to seek better support to address terrorism and violent extremism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 Sept) — President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to seek “better support to address terrorism and violent extremism” during his first meeting with foreign leaders in the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) and its dialogue partners this week. “We remain firm in our resolve to combat terrorism in all its […]