AFTER DAVAO TERROR ATTACK, HOW SHOULD ABU SAYYAF BE DEALT WITH?

Abu Sayyaf spokesman Muammar Askali has declared that his group was responsible for the terrorist bombing of Davao city night market on September 2 which killed 14 people and injured 67 others. In response, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the entire country in a “state of lawlessness” — not martial law — while Davao city mayor…

COMMENTARY: KIDNAP FOR RANSOM OF FOREIGNERS IN MINDANAO AND HOW TO BETTER RESOLVE THEM

Kidnappings for ransom in Mindanao, especially of foreign tourists, remains a big problem. The latest kidnappings on September 21 of two Canadians and one Norwegian and one Filipina at the Holiday Ocean View Samal Resort on Samal Island off Davao has dealt a major blow to Philippine tourism. Kidnappers — whether they are the notorious…

Peace and Armed Struggle in Mindanao

The government has taken a giant step towards achieving peace in Mindanao by signing a peace agreement on March 27 with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest rebel group in the region. Clearly irked at being left out of the peace process, leaders of other secessionist groups, particularly Jose Ma. Sison of the…