Terrorism

MARCH 2018

Vicky Tauli-Corpuz has spent four decades campaigning for indigenous people in her native Philippines, but never feared for her life. That changed last month when she was branded a “terrorist” by President Rodrigo Duterte’s government.

A general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday urged Dumagueteños to be on the lookout for their children and the youth, as they are the primary targets of terrorist groups, particularly for recruitment into their organization

SEPTEMBER 2019

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it will investigate whether the military itself is indeed the “main source” of loose firearms in Mindanao, a claim made by Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim, interim Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

THE US State Department tagged on Wednesday Hatib Hadjan Sawadjaan, linked to two suicide bombings in the Philippines, as an international terrorist along with 12 other individuals affiliated with, or leading terrorist groups around the world.

As hundreds of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters turned over their weapons on Saturday, President Rodrigo Duterte assured the Moro rebels the government is ready to assist them as they transition to civilian lives.

NOVEMBER 2019

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Nov.10 (PIA) — A total of 77 personalities involved in supporting the National People’s Army (NPA) officially surrendered to the folds of the government on Wednesday.

Today, the fifth Counter-Terrorism Financing (CTF) Summit begins in Manila, the Philippines.

In 2019, the CTF Summit continues to expand its scope beyond countering terrorist financing, and will consider ways to address significant regional threats such as the abuse of new financial technologies, corruption in the region as well as victim-based crimes such as human and wildlife trafficking and child sex exploitation.

President Rodrigo Duterte and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari discussed the creation of a peace committee at the Malacañang Palace on Monday evening, according to Senator Bong Go.

At least 19 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels operating in the hinterlands of South Cotabato province have surrendered to police authorities following a series of negotiations.

A joint anti-terrorism actual-troop drill of member countries of ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) kicked off in Guilin, southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on November 13.

The Philippines emerged as the ninth—and the only Southeast Asian—country most affected by extremist violence in 2018, up by one notch in the 2019 Global Terrorism Index.

After four bombs were dropped by the military on Saturday in the mountain ranges of Madalum and Madamba town in Lanao del Sur, government soldiers are now scouring the area to confirm the report of residents that there are members of the Dawlah Islamiyah (DI)-Lanao group training in the area.

Malaysians and Indonesians who joined the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria are unlikely to make Southeast Asia their new destination following the global terror network’s bombardment in the Levant, a US counter-terrorism official said.

DECEMBER 2019

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), particularly the Philippine Army, has gained upper hand in its campaign against the New People’s Army (NPA) in Caraga Region in 2019.

JANUARY 2020

The setting up of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) was the “game-changer” for peace in the southern Philippines, the Philippine National Police said as martial law lapsed with the end 2019.

Despite the IS’ losses in the Middle East, it has been able to recruit fighters and employ violent tactics in Southeast Asia, says Kenneth Yeo.

Security forces foiled an alleged plot to bomb a Catholic cathedral in Basilan province in the southern Philippines and arrested two suspected Abu Sayyaf militants tasked with carrying out the attack, police said Thursday.

Optimistic that the new regional government will help them improve their lives, 16 members of Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters surrendered to military authorities in Maguindanao on Saturday

FEBRUARY 2020

A group of 40 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front were arrested for illegal possession of firearms and explosives in Barangay Tikalaan, Talakag town in Bukidnon last February 24

The Senate, voting 19-2, today approved on final reading Senate Bill No. 1083 which provides more teeth to the law against terrorism and effectively repealing the Human Security Act of 2007.