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…

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…

Dealing firmly with lawless elements and achieving lasting peace in Mindanao

(Photo shows refugees displaced by fighting in Zamboanga between Muslim rebels and government forces) Mindanao is such a beautiful region that will never fail to entrance first-time visitors. If you’re flying through the Bukidnon and Surigao provinces, the sight of meticulously manicured vast tracts of pineapple plantations won’t fail to impress. Unlike the mostly bare…