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Duterte wants kidnappers 'blown up,' even with hostages
by Pia Ranada January 15, 2017
(with video)

(UPDATED) About the hostages that could die because of his orders, Duterte says, 'Sorry, collateral damage'.

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Duterte orders troops to blast bandits and their hostages
January 15, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte said he ordered his troops to bomb extremists who flee with their captives in a bid to stop a wave of kidnappings at sea, calling the loss of civilian lives in such an attack “collateral damage.”

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Bounty Hunter
This video entitled ‘Bounty Hunter’ features ‘life of the bounty hunters.’
Published on Nov 21, 2016 - Aired: November 19, 2016
Kilalang kilabot ng mga ‘wanted’ sa pulisya ang mga bounty hunter. Sila ang mga taong tumutulong sa pulis upang tugisin ang mga kilabot na criminal sa bansa kapalit ng reward money. Kilalanin sina Abner Afuang, ‘Jeff’ at Ramon Orbida at ang kanilang trabaho bilang mga bounty hunter.
International Criminal Court (ICC)

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12 hurt in Christmas Eve blast in Midsayap, Cotabato
Published December 25, 2016
The blast strikes outside a church just as people are attending Christmas Eve mass.
At least a dozen people were injured in a blast outside a church in Midsayap, Cotabato on Saturday evening, December 24.
What to do during a bombing
Published September 03, 2016

'Please report any and all suspicious activities no matter how insignificant they may seem'

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Bombing incident safety tips
Published on Sep 14, 2016

Proclamation No. 55, s. 2016
Signed on September 4, 2016

DECLARING A STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY

Memorandum Order No. 3, s. 2016
Signed on September 7, 2016
PROVIDING GUIDELINES FOR THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES AND THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE IN THE IMPLEMENTATIONS OF MEASURES TO SUPPRESS AND PREVENT LAWLESS VIOLENCE.

Memorandum Order No. 4, s. 2016
EXPANDING MEMORANDUM ORDER NO. 3

State of nat'l emergency: More police, military in malls, train stations
by Pia Ranada Published September 06, 2016
The Palace releases guidelines for implementing President Duterte's declaration of 'state of national emergency on account of lawless violence'

De Lima: Palace guidelines on state of nat'l emergency 'prone to abuse'
by Camille Elemia Published September 08, 2016
Senator Leila De Lima – deemed the fiercest critic of President Duterte – expects the declaration to be questioned before the Supreme Court

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What’s a ‘state of lawlessness’?
Updated September 03, 2016
(UPDATED) Expect to see more soldiers, policemen, and checkpoints in key areas. Curfews can be imposed as the need arises.
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Duterte declares state of lawlessness - Ambush Interview - Davao City 9-3-2016
Published 3 Sep 2016

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these Videos in the album "‘State of lawlessness’ - 'State of national emergency', Section 18, Article VII of the Constitution"

What’s a ‘state of lawlessness’, Section 18, Article VII of the Constitution

State of lawlessness meant to keep things 'under control'

Mga limitasyon ng 'state of lawlessness'

'State of national emergency', nilagdaan ni Duterte

Dokumento sa deklarasyon ng State of National Emergency, inilabas ng Malacañang

Palace directives on 'State of national emergency'

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State of lawlessness: Prelude to Martial Law?
by HOMOBONO A. ADAZA September 8, 2016

Prelude to Martial Law
December 06, 2016 by Ver F. Pacete

Diokno to Duterte: Why the continued state of nat'l emergency?
by Jodesz Gavilan October 22, 2016
Jose Manuel Diokno, dean of the De La Salle University College of Law, also says the involvement of the military in the war on drugs is questionable, with or without a state of national emergency

Congressmen justify drug war extension
by Mara Cepeda Published September 19, 2016
Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Barbers, chairman of the committee on dangerous drugs, says the campaign against illegal drugs 'should not be time-bound'

Duterte seeks 6-month extension on drug war deadline
Published September 18, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, September 18, asked for a 6-month "extension" on his self-imposed deadline to end illegal drugs in 3 to 6 months.
Duterte said he has a final list that is about 3 inches thick, bearing the names of alleged drug personalities that include public officials. He said he had no idea of the extent of the drug problem until he became Chief Executive.

Dela Rosa thankful for 'war on drugs' extension
by Bea Cupin Published September 18, 2016
The PNP chief says he did not even discuss the idea of an extension with President Rodrigo Duterte but reckons the Chief Executive has seen that police are 'having a hard time'

Duterte signs state of nat'l emergency proclamation
Updated September 05, 2016
(UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring a "state of national emergency on account of lawless violence," confirmed Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to media on Monday, September 5. Look also HERE

How 'state of lawlessness' was miscommunicated
by Pia Ranada Published September 04, 2016
The conflicting statements about the ‘state of lawlessness’ declared by the President leave the public in a state of confusion. Who's responsible?

Palace justifies Duterte’s declaration of ‘state of lawlessness’
Published September 03, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita

State of lawlessness meant to keep things 'under control'
by Michael Bueza Published September 03, 2016
San Beda Graduate School of Law Dean Fr Ranhilio Aquino says that President Duterte's declaration of a state of lawlessness 'does not in any way entail the curtailment of any of our freedoms and liberties'

Duterte declares state of lawlessness
Updated September 03, 2016
(5TH UPDATE) The declaration is to ensure "coordinated efforts" between the police and the military in the government's fight against terrorism and illegal drugs, the President says

Government clarifies state of lawlessness order
Published September 03, 2016

'NOT MARTIAL LAW'
Duterte declares 'state of lawless violence,' hikes military, police presence
Updated September 3, 2016

Making sense of Duterte's declaration of state of lawlessness
by Tony La Viña Published September 03, 2016
For now, Duterte's declaration does not appear to lead us to a slippery slope. But we must be vigilant.

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  Philippine habeas corpus cases - Article III

By: Cherry Apple M. Delaminez

are cases decided by the Supreme Court of the Philippines, concerning the writ of habeas corpus.
The writ of habeas corpus may be suspended in order to prevent any violence in cases of rebellion or insurrection, as the case may be. In Philippine jurisdiction, the present 1987 Philippine Constitution, Article III, Section 15 provides that “The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended except in cases of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it.

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De Lima vs suspension of habeas corpus: We already have 'creeping martial law, authoritarianism'

Gordon wants Duterte to suspend writ of habeas corpus

Suspensyon ng habeas corpus, iminungkahi ni Gordon

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Duterte to Congress: Suspending habeas corpus a ‘passing thought’
by Camille Elemia November 15, 2016
'He was only thinking out loud, na ano ba 'yung mga weapons, ammunition, methods available to him,' Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III recalls the President telling lawmakers while discussing his war on drugs at a Palace meeting.

Duterte: Leaders need to do 'wrong' to protect people
by Pia Ranada November 14, 2016
President Duterte, after his warning to suspend the writ of habeas corpus, says, 'Either we do something to protect society or do something sometimes wrong to protect society'

Dela Rosa: Suspending habeas corpus makes job 'easier'
by Bea Cupin November 14, 2016
The PNP chief assures the public that even if the writ of habeas corpus is suspended, they will remain 'here to serve and protect.

LP senators: 'No basis' to suspend writ of habeas corpus
by Bea Cupin November 13, 2016
'The drug menace is not a ground to suspend the privilege of the writ,' say the 4 Liberal Party senators in a joint statement

Suspending habeas corpus to harm PNP, drug war - Lacson
by Mara Cepeda November 13, 2016
Malacañang, meanwhile, says the suspension of the writ 'is just an idea' so far.

Duterte to suspend writ of habeas corpus if 'forced'
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 12, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte says the law allows him to do this 'to protect the Republic of the Philippines'
President Rodrigo Duterte warned that he can suspend the writ of habeas corpus, a safeguard against warrantless arrests, if lawlessness – particularly the illegal drugs trade – persists in the country.

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Understanding the writ of habeas corpus
November 16, 2016 by Nicko Tubo

Last November 11, President Rodrigo Duterte said he might suspend the writ of habeas corpus to strengthen the war on drugs and supress lawlessness in Mindanao.
But what is writ of habeas corpus?

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Robredo: Duterte has no legal basis to suspend habeas corpus

President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus has caused concern among ordinary citizens and public officials alike. Palace officials have quickly defended the president on his latest remarks, saying the possible suspension is an option accorded by law when conditions call for it. – ANC, The World Tonight, November 14, 2016

Proposal to suspend habeas corpus writ alarms senators
November 14, 2016 by Camille P. Balagt​as
Several senators expressed their disagreement on President Rodrigo Duterte’s idea to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus as a response to the country's "worsening" drug problem and lawlessness.

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Lawmakers hit Duterte's 'twisted, Marcosian' logic
by Mara Cepeda November 15, 2016
Congressmen from the independent minority bloc of the House cite the 'dangers' of President Rodrigo Duterte's unclear thought process.

The writ of habeas corpus restored - Proclamation No. 2, s. 1986

On March 2, 1986, addressing the large crowd that had gathered in Rizal Park, President Corazon C. Aquino announced the restoration of the writ of habeas corpus.

MAP: Where did violence in PH erupt in past 6 months?
by Katerina Francisco December 17, 2016
Bomb scares, explosions, public officials killed – a list of the violent incidents that have erupted as of mid-December in the Philippines
Aside from the administration's bloody crackdown on illegal drugs – which has racked up over 6,000 victims – there's been a number of violent incidents in recent months adding to the body count of Filipinos killed.
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Duterte wants war on crime, drugs extended for 6 more months
Published on Sep 18, 2016

“Give me another six months.”
President Duterte on Sunday admitted that he could not stop crime and illegal drugs in three to six months.

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Gordon wants emergency powers for Duterte, suspension of habeas corpus
by Camille Elemia Updated 9:03 PM, September 08, 2016

(UPDATED) The idea does not sit well with senators Franklin Drilon and Leila De Lima, with De Lima saying it would be similar to 'creeping martial law, authoritarianism'

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The Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act.

The Maute group
which also goes by the name Islamic State in Lanao is an armed Islamist group composed of former Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas and some foreign fighters led by Abdullah Maute, the alleged founder of a Dawlah Islamiya, or Islamic state based in Lanao del Sur, Mindanao.
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February 2016 Butig clash
was an armed conflict that began on 20 February 2016 between the Philippine Army and a group of Moro insurgent sympathizers of ISIS and Jemaah Islamiyah led by the Maute group in Butig, Lanao del Sur.
AFP sends elite troops to retake Lanao town from Maute
'The mission is to flush out the group and neutralize the enemies and to bring back normalcy to the area,' says military spokesperson Major Filemon Tan.

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62 Maute members killed, 37 soldiers wounded
The number of Maute Group members killed in the ongoing military operations in Butig, Lanao del Sur has reached 62, an official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Friday, December 2.

Philippine flag replaces ISS black banner at Butig town hall
Published December 02, 2016
Rappler's Carmela Fonbuena gives us a quick look at the situation in Butig Town.

Duterte to Maute group: Don't provoke me
November 30, 2016 by Ruth Abbey Gita, Richel V. Umel
President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday that he is not keen to declare war against the Maute militants in the southern Philippines but warned them to stop their unlawful activities.

Duterte confirms Maute terror group's ISIS links
In the first high-level government confirmation of the links between the two terrorist organizations, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'There's already war now in Lanao'

Both above by Carmela Fonbuena November 28 - 29, 2016

Duterte: Isis now connected with Maute group
November 29, 2016 by Ruth Abbey Gita
President Rodrigo Duterte revealed Monday that the Jihadist militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is now affiliated with Philippine-based Maute terrorist group.

1,955 families displaced amid Butig clashes
by Bobby Lagsa November 29, 2016
The local government is expecting more residents to be displaced as the military continues its offensive against the local terror group.

Maute Group may target Black Nazarene procession
by Pia Ranada January 05, 2017
Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno gives assurances security forces are on 'full alert' for possible terror threats on the religious event Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Saturday, January 9, 2015 typically attended by over a million.

UK to nationals: 'Take care' amid Nazareno threat
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 07, 2017
Like the UK, Canada also advises its citizens to 'exercise caution' during the Feast of the Black Nazarene!
The United Kingdom advised its citizens to "take particular care" after Philippine Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno warned of possible terror threats during the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Monday, January 9.

PNP to impose Manila gun ban for Nazarene feast
by Bea Cupin January 05, 2017
Only police and military personnel in uniform will be allowed to carry firearms during a 48-hour period which begins 8 am on Sunday, January 8

5,700 law enforcers deployed for Nazareno
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 05, 2017
'The number of personnel to be deployed has increased as compared to previous years,' says Manila Police director Senior Superintendent Joel Coronel

Duterte links Midsayap, Davao bombings to ISIS
by Pia Ranada December 30, 2016
In an interview with Rappler, President Rodrigo Duterte says some of his relatives may have even pledged loyalty to terrorist group ISIS.
He said he some of his relatives may have even declared loyalty to the terror group.
"Prangka-prangka, may mga pinsan ako na nasa kabila, nasa MI (Moro Islamic Liberation Front), MN (Moro National Liberation Front). Iba, nababalitaan ko, nasa ISIS," he said.
(To be frank, I have cousins on the other side, with MI and MN. Some, I heard, are with ISIS.)

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Dela Rosa: BIFF may be behind Leyte blast
December 29, 2016
(PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said Wednesday night's bombing in Hilongos town, Leyte that left 32 people injured may have been perpetrated by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

Counterterrorism: Why the death of AKP's Tokboy matters
by Carmela Fonbuena January 09, 2017

Maguid's death also spells the death of his group Ansar Khalifa Philippines, feared for having the closest connection, among local terror groups, to ISIS fighters in Syria.

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Terror groups in Mindanao forming alliance?
Published on Oct 11, 2016

Apart from sowing fear in the president's hometown, the deadly Davao bombing has also unraveled the alliance of several terror groups operating in Mindanao to spread terror throughout the country, and prove their allegiance to the Islamic State.

Duterte: Misuari has lost control over young Moros
by Raymon Dullana Published September 17, 2016

(UPDATED) The President says he thinks Nur Misuari won't commit to peace talks now. Young Moros are now 'hungry for a fight to establish a caliphate in Southeast Asia.

PH, NDF to resume talks, silence guns
by Carmela Fonbuena Published August 26, 2016

For the first time, the National Democratic Front also entertains the idea of discussing a joint ceasefire with the government.
The Philippine government and communist rebels on Friday, August 26, signed an agreement that will silence guns on both sides for an indefinite period while they continue talks to end Asia's longest-running communist insurgency.

Duterte: No amnesty for Abu Sayyaf
by Pia Ranada Published September 26, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is rejecting MNLF leader Nur Misuari's suggestion to include the terrorist group in the Mindanao peace talks

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Stop the Attack Against Lumads and Their Schools
by/Philippine Task Force on Indigenous Peoples' Rights, TFIP

TFIP is a network of non-government organizations in the Philippines advancing the cause of indigenous peoples, IPs rights. It envisions a society that promotes and defends indigenous peoples' rights and upholds their self-determined development.

Look also the article Voice of a Lumad widow: Our Land, our blood
by/Mark Z. Saludes Published September 27, 2015
The widow of slain Lumad leader Dionel Campos talks to Rappler about the killing, and the Lumad's quest for justice and protection of ancestral land

NPA members kill farmers despite peace moves – military
Published May 22, 2016 by/AFP

About 20 guerrillas of the New People's Army raided a bunkhouse used by farmers in Negros and killed two of them before fleeing

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Videos

New People's Army, NPA

AFP alarmed over increasing number of youth joining NPA

The Armed Forces of the Philippines expressed concern over the increasing number of youth joining the NPA in the Cordillera region, with most of the new recruits coming from Manila. Published Jan 13, 2016

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Youths continue to join New People's Army, NPA
Published on Nov 29, 2016

A few dozen New People's Army guerrillas in their 20s and 30s are now part of a new generation of Maoist fighters driven by crushing poverty, despair, government misrule and the abysmal inequality that has long plagued the Philippines.

Communist rebels celebrate anniversary in Duterte’s city
Published December 26, 2016
Communist guerrillas gathered at a camp in the city of President Rodrigo Duterte, their longtime ally, on Monday, December 26, as they celebrated the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
About 300 New People's Army (NPA) fighters had a show of force in a rebel camp in Barangay Lumiad, Paquibato District, in this city, witnessed by an estimated 3,000 members and supporters of the CPP.

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Leftist rebels to hold Duterte to his word
December 26, 2016 By Erwin Mascariñas, Jigger J. Jerusalem
A peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) yesterday said the Left will not shirk from criticizing government policies it sees as detrimental to the interests of the people despite its alliance with the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

CPP claims 31% spike in membership this year
December 27, 2016 By Pamela Jay Orias

The Communist Party of the Philippines-North Central Mindanao Region (CPP-NCMR) has issued a statement claiming a 31 percent increase in membership this year.

Videos

Terrorism in the Philippines
Published Sep 13, 2014
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Gov't keeps 'no ransom' policy despite beheading threat

The Philippine government is maintaining its no ransom policy even as the Abu Sayyaf threatened to behead its hostages composed of a local official from Zamboanga and two Coast Guard personnel. Published Jun 25, 2015
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Alleged ISIS supporters in Sultan Kudarat identified

Nakilala na ang ilan sa mga napatay sa sagupaan ng mga awtoridad at ng grupong sinasabing sympathizers umano ng ISIS sa Sultan Kudarat noong Huwebes. Tukoy na rin ang pangalan ng grupo. Nagsilikas naman ang mga residente sa lugar dahil sa engkwentro. Bandila, November 27, 2015, Biyernes
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ISIS in Southeast Asia
by/Rappler.com Updated November 24, 2015
Why should Southeast Asia be alarmed over ISIS?

Rappler talks to Zachary Abuza, a policy analyst specializing on Southeast Asian politics and security issues. He is the principal of Southeast Asia Analytics and a professor at the National War College in Washington, DC.
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The rise of ISIS in PH and Southeast Asia
Updated January 21, 2016

Why is it important for ISIS to have a province in the region?
Rappler talks to Sidney Jones, head of think tank group Institute for Policy Analysis Of Conflict, IPAC.

Look also the article HERE
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Soldiers take over Butig town
The military estimates around 50 members of a group said to have links to ISIS have been killed in pursuit operations in Lanao del Sur.
Worse, the Armed Forces have discovered that some of the fighters engaging them in battle are actually minors. Chiara Zambrano is in the midst of the conflict and filed this report. ANC, The World Tonight, February 26, 2016

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Philippine flag replaces ISS black banner at Butig town hall
Published on Dec 1, 2016
The Philippine Army brought the media to the municipal hall of Butig in Lanao Del Sur after flushing out members of the Maute terror group from the abandoned building. But the situation is very fluid. (with subtitles)

Military still clearing outskirts of Butig
Published on Dec 2, 2016
The Armed Forces of the Philippines is still conducting clearing operations along the outskirts of Butig in Lanao del Sur, a military spokesman said Friday.

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Video

Abu Sayyaf fighting to establish 'caliphate,' Duterte says
Published on Sep 17, 2016

The Abu Sayyaf is fighting to establish a “caliphate” in Southeast Asia, President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday, as he directed the military to adapt to the extremist group’s evolving tactics.

Video

Why authorities did not arrest Nur Misuari
Published on Sep 19, 2016

Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza maintained that help from Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari in the release of Abu Sayyaf hostages is "independent" of the cases pending against him.

Experts warn PH: Don’t underestimate ISIS
by/ Maria A. Ressa Published January 13, 2016
Exclusive: In the age of ISIS and lone wolf attacks, is it even helpful to distinguish between what is 'ISIS-directed' and 'ISIS-inspired' activities?

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Duterte: ISIS followers radicalizing Filipinos in Mindanao
by Pia Ranada Published August 10, 2016
The President says 'white people' with no weapons are already in some parts of Mindanao indoctrinating Muslims in the region about ISIS principles

ISIS to followers in SE Asia: 'Go to the Philippines'
Published June 25, 2016
The Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) has called on its followers in Southeast Asia to fight for the terror group either in Syria or in the Philippines

PH troops regain control of town attacked by terrorists
Published March 01, 2016
Soldiers regained control of Butig town in Lanao del Sur on Tuesday, March 1, as they captured 3 major strongholds of an ISIS-inspired militant group following a 10-day offensive that killed 24 rebels, 3 soldiers and displaced more than 5,000 families.
The gun battles since February 20 have destroyed houses, school buildings, government offices and small business establishments.

ISIS recognizes Philippine-based extremist groups
by/ KD Suarez Published February 17, 2016
The release of the video could presage the announcement of a wilayat or province in the region soon

ISIS recruiting in Central Mindanao, says MILF
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, MILF said Tuesday, January 26, 2015 the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq also known as ISIS, IS, ISIL or Da’esch is indeed recruiting members in at least 3 provinces in Central Mindanao.

ISIS has an Android app for encrypted chat
by/ Victor Barreiro Jr. Published January 18, 2016
After getting pushed out of various messaging services, such as Whatsapp and Telegram, the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group appears to be communicating over its own secure chat app.

ISIS to declare a province in Mindanao?
By/Maria A. Ressa Updated January 10, 2016
New video released on January 4, 2016 shows consolidation of extremist groups pledging allegiance to ISIS

ISIS in Southeast Asia
Published November 23, 2015

PH military probes video of alleged ISIS training camp in the Philippines
Published December 23, 2015

All-out war? Try living in Mindanao, say Moro groups
by/Angela Casauay Published Feb 20, 2015

If an all-out war happened here in Manila, that would be unacceptable

Terrorism has a Name - Wahhabism
and
Wahhabi extremism gaining a hold in Mindanao

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and more about Wahhabism HERE

Context: The US in PH anti-terror campaigns
by/Maria A. Ressa Published Feb 17, 2015

Let’s start with a basic fact: the US has been involved in counterterrorism operations in the Philippines for more than a decade

Video

9/11 PH Connection

Published Jan 17, 2015

PH drops in peace index ranking

by/Angela Casauay, Published Aug 24, 2014

The Philippines is ranking 134 out of 162 countries – a drop of 5 places from 2012 in the 2014 Global Peace Index.

Internal and external threats to peace continue to hound the Philippines, affecting its overall ranking in the 2014 Global Peace Index.

Even as the government and the MILF work towards implementing the peace accord, other armed groups, reportedly with terrorist connections, continue to exist. READ: Philippine militants pledge allegiance to ISIS jihadists and Senior Abu Sayyaf leader swears oath to ISIS

The Action for Conflict Transformation, ACT for Peace Programme

is the fourth and final phase of the Government of the Philippines – United Nations Multi-Donor Programme, GoP-UNMDP that started in 1997. The Programme is the United Nations’ and the Government’s commitment to peace and development in Southern Philippines.

NAP THE PHILIPPINE, NAP

NATIONAL ACTION PLAN ON WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY

Terrorism in the Philippines are conflicts based on political issues conducted by rebel organizations against the government, its citizens and supporters.

List of terrorist incidents - Location and description

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Social Integration Program and Rebel Returnee

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International Crisis Group

Working to prevent conflict

The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.

Combating Terrorism
Abu Sayyaf Abu Sayyaf is a terrorist bandit group operating in the southern Philippines.

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Abu Sayyaf Group Abu Sayyaf Group, Philippines, Islamist separatists

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What it's like living in fear of the Abu Sayyaf
by Pia Ranada Published September 03, 2016
The life and prosperity of residents in places like Basilan are at stake in the Duterte administration's efforts to destroy the Abu Sayyaf

Duterte: Abu Sayyaf members are not criminals
by Pia Ranada Updated July 09, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte becomes the first Philippine Chief Executive not to tag the notorious group as a band of criminals
For President Rodrigo Duterte, the Abu Sayyaf does not fit his definition of a criminal group.
Duterte made the distinction while addressing Muslim leaders in Davao City on Friday night, July 8. This makes him the first Philippine president since the group emerged in the early 1990s not to brand the Abu Sayyaf as a band of criminals. Look also HERE

and the below video

Senior Abu Sayyaf leader swears oath to ISIS
by/Maria A. Ressa - Aug 04, 2014

The ISIS ideology is spreading fast on social media, ' the new machine to recruit militants.' The Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq or ISIS, is expanding its recruitment on social media.

On July 23, a video of senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon along with masked men was posted on YouTube.

Look also MILF vows to stop spread of ISIS 'virus' in PH by/Agence France-Presse Published Aug 28, 2014   and the Video - Published Aug 29, 2014

2 days before 'deadline,' Abu Sayyaf steps up pressure on German hostages
by/Carmela Fonbuena Published Oct 15, 2014

The photos posted on Wednesday, October 15, showed 71-year-old Okonek sitting in the middle of a freshly dug grave while 4 masked men point their rifles at him. The kidnappers were carrying the black flag that was first associated with the Al Qaeda and now the ISIS.
"Abu Sayyaf behead this German national on Oct. 17, 2014, at exactly 3:00p.m if they can't avail our demands," reads the social media post.
The ASG also put Okonek, a medical doctor, on radio via RMN in Zamboanga City. "Im sitting here in a hole. They digged a hole, 3 meters by 1.5 meters. They told me it is my grave.
The two were on a holiday, on board a yacht, when they were taken by the Abu Sayyaf in April 2014 off Palawan province.

Look also the article Catapang on Abu Sayyaf deadline on Germans

Philippine military chief Gregorio Catapang and Western Mindanao Command Lieutenant General Rustico Guerrero have gathered their forces to confront the Abu Sayyaf and its threat to kill one of their German hostages

Look also now the article Abu Sayyaf frees 2 German hostages

by/Carmela Fonbuena Published Oct 17, 2014 Updated 12:08 AM, Oct 18, 2014

The Abu Sayyaf confirms a P250 million ransom was paid

The Abu Sayyaf released its two German hostages Friday evening, October 17, and they are now at the headquarters of the Philippine military at Camp Bautista in Jolo, Sulu.

Defeating the Abu Sayyaf
Published June 20, 2016
Local government officials are pivotal in weakening the kidnap-for-ransom group.
The Abu Sayyaf (ASG) has beheaded 3 foreign hostages in recent months, 2 of them Canadians and one Malaysian. Before this despicable rampage, the kidnap-for-ransom group also killed a Filipino hostage.
They committed these barbaric acts not in the name of religion or their twisted interpretation of Islam but because the deadlines for the payment of multi-million pesos in ransom had passed.
Moro Islamic Liberation Front, MILF

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Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, BIFF

a Muslim militant organization based in Mindanao. They are a smaller player – a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, MILF in the overall Moro insurgency in the Philippines and are mostly active in central Mindanao.

Remark this is an album "Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, BIFF"

Look also the articles: HERE and Military tags BIFF in General Santos bombing - Published Sep 17, 2014 and BIFF has new commander. The splinter group admits attacking soldiers but not civilians. Published Aug 09, 2013 and these HERE and HERE

Mindanao - MNLF

Despite no reliable data, it is estimated that around 13% of combatants are child soldiers. Look also below HERE and

MNLF-BAF, Moro National Liberation Front and its Bangsamoro Armed Forces

The MNLF’s combatants span at least two generations and include people who look both younger than 18 years i.e. child soldiers and older than 60

National Democratic Front - NDF

a coalition of far left leaning political parties, agricultural unions, trade unions, and other related groups. The front has controversial members, like the Communist Party of the Philippines, which has its own military wing, the New People's Army. The Communist Party of the Philippines calls its participation in the NDF the National United Front Commission.

Communist Party of the Philippines, Re-Established
Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas

It remains an underground political organization since its founding on December 26, 1968 and has been operating in clandestine manner. It aims to overthrow the Philippine government through armed revolution with its direct leadership over New People's Army and National Democratic Front.

look also HERE and

The New People's Army, NPA

the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

NPA rebels torch taxis

and also the below Videos

New People's Army Rebels Returnee Testimonies, 2 videos Published Aug 28, 2010 and Oct 9, 2013

AFP alarmed over increasing number of youth joining NPA. Published Jan 13, 2016

Rajah Sulaiman movement, RSM

an Islamic terrorist organization in the Philippines, founded by Ahmed Santos in 1991. The group's soldiers have been trained, financed and governed by Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiah, a Philippine terrorist group with links to Al Qaeda.

Look also HERE

Islamic Congregation Jemaah Islamiyah (Jemaah Islamiah) - JI - Islamic Congregation

a Southeast Asian militant Islamic organization dedicated to the establishment of a Daulah Islamiyah, regional Islamic caliphate in Southeast Asia incorporating Indonesia, Malaysia, the southern Philippines, Singapore and Brunei. JI was added to the United Nations 1267 Committee's list of terrorist organizations linked to al-Qaeda or the Taliban on 25 October 2002 under UN Security Council Resolution 1267

Look also HERE

Philippines: Extremist Groups Target Civilians
More Than 1,700 Killed and Injured in Bombings and Kidnappings
Ten terrorist groups active in the Philippines
Bin Laden Connections To Philippine Terror Explored
Terrorism in Southeast Asia: Threat and Response
Terrorism Terrorism in Southeast Asia

Look the pages 16 - 19 incl. about Philippines

What to do in case of a Terrorist Attack involving Radioactive Materials

Civilians fighting Terrorism - Etc.

Look more about "using the Internet" HERE

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Civilians take up arms vs ISIS and BIFF in Mindanao
by/ Jef Maitem Published January 19, 2016
In a gathering somewhere in the mountains of Central Mindanao, Brother Asiong, spokesman for Red God's Soldiers, leads over 300 men in burning the ISIS flag

Remark this is an album "Civilians fighting Terrorism"

Look description on the video and the full article HERE

How to fight ISIS on social media
by/Maria A. Ressa Published Mar 09, 2015

In nearly every language and with startling sophistication, ISIS is reaching out to young kids around the world and enticing them to see the world in new ways.

In nearly every language and with startling sophistication, ISIS is reaching out to young kids around the world and enticing them to see the world in new ways. While Twitter and Facebook have tried to control the spread of its message, ISIS comes back with new tools, like its own social media network launched Sunday.

Peace Talks

Remark, most of the videos in this section are albums in the album "Peace Talks"

Look also Ethnic, Indigenous and Tribal Groups, Culture, Rights and the complementary sections PAMANA, the national government’s framework and program for peace and development in conflict-affected areas (CAAs) and Terrorism & Terrorgroups

This subject is filling so much, so it's impossible for us to "tell everything" about it, so in the future here will be only few updates!
So sorry, but we may recommend you to search for informations using e.g. Google etc.

aboutphilippines.ph fears that the "No statesman" will give away our wonderfull country to the communists and muslims terrorgroups and forget all the countries, who always have supported our country!

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Bangsamoro

or Moroland is the homeland of the Moro people

Look more link about the Moro HERE

NDF not ready to sign final peace deal before 2020
by Carmela Fonbuena January 19, 2017

The government panel is hoping to sign a bilateral ceasefire deal amid threats that the New People's Army could go back to war.

Indigenous peoples call for recognition of rights in peace talks
by Beverly Longid January 19, 2017

We urge the government to heed the call of IPs to stop the militarization of their communities and to grant political prisoners unconditional amnesty

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Gov't ready for 3rd round of talks with Reds
Published January 13, 2017
Government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III dismisses fears that the 5-month-old ceasefire between the military and the NPA will collapse.
Watch our interview with Bello

Look also the article

Chilling reason why PH, NDF talks moved from Oslo to Rome
Published January 16, 2017
It's the first time that the formal peace negotiations will be held outside Norway.
COLD OSLO. Negotiators of the Philippine government and National Democratic Front of the Philippines find Oslo too cold for the 3rd round of talks.
The 3rd round of formal talks between the Philippine government and the communist National Democratic Front (NDF), to be held from January 19 to 25, moved venues from Norway to Rome in Italy.

CPP blasts Duterte, calls for show of force
Published December 14, 2016
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Wednesday, December 14, once again rebuked President Rodrigo Duterte for his failure to release more political prisoners, as it called on supporters to show indignation through peace rallies on December 26, the party’s 48th anniversary.
Philippines rejects NPA rebels' condition for ceasefire
December 13, 2016
The Philippine defense chief rejected on Tuesday, December 13, a demand by communist guerrillas for government troops to withdraw from rebel-influenced communities in the countryside for the insurgents to extend a months-long ceasefire
Marcos burial a major issue in peace talks – Jalandoni
by Patty Pasion December 10, 2016
The National Democratic Front says the hero's burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the release of political prisoners will be the top issues it will discuss with the government panel in January.
Contrary to the insistence of government negotiators, the state-sanctioned hero's burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos will be a major issue when peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front resume next year, an NDF panel adviser said.

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PH, NDF closer to signing crucial joint ceasefire deal
by Carmela Fonbuena December 12, 2016
The National Democratic Front says they are amenable to signing the long delayed joint ceasefire deal but it will only be effective upon the releases of political prisoners.

Video

Fragile talks with the Philippine left
Published January 10, 2017National Democratic Front chief negotiator Fidel Agcaoili talks to Rappler about the status of negotiations with the Philippine govenrment.

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Duterte's talks with NDF: The meat of the matter
by Teddy Casiño January 12, 2017
What is at stake in the peace talks is the economic future of the country

Ceasefire with Reds in danger
by Carmela Fonbuena January 11, 2017
The 3rd round of talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front, to be held in Rome from January 18 to 25, will be critical.

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Peace talks eyed for 'sabotage'?
Published on Dec 6, 2016
Peace talks between the government and communist rebels have triggered renewed interest under President Rodrigo Duterte. But an official in the government's peace effort warned of a possible "sabotage" coming from forces here and abroad.
Duterte: 'I might as well give up Mindanao sans federalism'
December 07, 2016 by Ruth Abbey Gita
The President said that if his administration fails to push for federalism, the Moro people will never cooperate with the government to pursue long-lasting peace in the country.
I am saying this but if you don’t want to believe me, it’s up to you,” Duterte said.
Duterte: 'Sign bilateral truce first before I release political detainees'
December 06, 2016 by Ruth Abbey Gita
President Rodrigo Duterte would immediately release the political prisoners once the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) ink the bilateral ceasefire agreement, a Palace official said on Tuesday.

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Duterte reluctant to release political prisoners
December 10, 2016 by Pamela Jay F. Orias
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said Friday he has already given the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) "so much too soon," saying he would allow the release of political prisoners only after the signing of a bilateral ceasefire agreement with the rebels.

Duterte 'considering' talks with Maute group – Palace
by Pia Ranada November 30, 2016

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte will 'try to exhaust all possibilities to achieve peace and order'.

Duterte: I'm ready to talk to Abu Sayyaf
by Pia Ranada November 25, 2016

Previously, Duterte said he refuses to talk peace with the Abu Sayyaf as it would be 'like slapping the nation'.

But NOW: President Rodrigo Duterte is ready to talk to bandit and terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.

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2 separate peace panels for MILF, MNLF-Nur
Published on Nov 6, 2016
Moro National Liberation Front leader Nur Misuari will not work with rival group Moro Islamic Liberation Front to draft a law that will create a new Bangsamoro region.

Look also the articles:
2 separate peace panels for MILF, MNLF-Nur
by Carmela Fonbuena November 07, 2016
MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal says the group is not opposed to Nur Misuari's participation in the peace process

Gov't not giving up on Dec 10 bilateral ceasefire deal
by Pia Ranada November 22, 2016
Despite reported violations of the unilateral ceasefires declared by both government and the Left, government panel chief Silvestre Bello III says the ceasefire is holding out

Bangsamoro Basic Law Bangsamoro Basic Law: House Bill No. 4994 full text

Look also the article How different is ARMM from the Bangsamoro?
by/Angela Casauay Published May 09, 2015
Here are 14 key features of the Bangsamoro compared to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Video

Gov't urged to protect indigenous people's rights
Published on Nov 24, 2016
Advocates hope the new administration will respect and protect the rights of the indigenous peoples under the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.
Duterte: Misuari has lost control over young Moros
by Raymon Dullana Published September 17, 2016

(UPDATED) The President says he thinks Nur Misuari won't commit to peace talks now. Young Moros are now 'hungry for a fight to establish a caliphate in Southeast Asia.

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PH, NDF to resume talks, silence guns
by Carmela Fonbuena UPDATED August 26, 2016

For the first time, the National Democratic Front also entertains the idea of discussing a joint ceasefire with the government.
The Philippine government and communist rebels on Friday, August 26, signed an agreement that will silence guns on both sides for an indefinite period while they continue talks to end Asia's longest-running communist insurgency.

Look also the Video
Unang round ng peace talks sa gobyerno at NDF, matagumpay
Published Aug 26, 2016

and the articles

DOCUMENT: PH, NDF joint statement on the resumption of formal talks
Published August 26, 2016
It is the result of the first round of formal peace talks between the Philippine government and communist rebels since an impasse in 2011

Oslo round of peace talk ends
Published August 27, 2016
WHEN peace negotiators, both from the Philippine Government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF), leave Oslo, Norway, they will be bringing results beyond what they were hoping for.

Oslo talks: 'The most kind and most warm negotiators'
Carmela Fonbuena Published August 27, 2016
Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende observes the camaraderie between Philippine government and NDF peace negotiators in Oslo, on the day the two groups signed a historic and unprecedented joint statement

AFP lauds NPA for indefinite ceasefire declaration
by Voltaire Tupaz Published August 27, 2016
But communist rebels criticize military forces for their continuing aggressive moves in and around the areas of operations of the NPA

CPP issues indefinite ceasefire order
Published 7:42 AM, August 28, 2016
The ceasefire order takes effect Sunday, August 28, effectively extending the 7-day limited ceasefire it issued before the talks
FAST FACTS: The CPP-NPA-NDF and the Oslo talks
by Katerina Francisco Published August 22, 2016
After 40 rounds of talks under 5 Philippine governments, the peace process with communist guerrillas begins on a high note in Oslo
Dureza: Peace talks to be inclusive
Published July 02, 2016

The presidential adviser on the peace process says the Duterte administration will honor signed peace agreements, but adds they will have to be consistent with planned reforms

'Moro Convention' eyed to craft new Bangsamoro law
by Paterno Esmaquel II Published June 20, 2016

The process for the 'historic' Moro Convention begins soon after President-elect Rodrigo Duterte takes office on June 30

Marcos, Enrile blocked passage of BBL
Published Feb 25, 2016

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III blamed Thursday Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Juan Ponce Enrile for failure to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the Senate.

Vatican to Aquino: Ensure peace in Mindanao
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Published December 05, 2015

The Vatican hopes that parties involved can 'guarantee stable and lasting peace' in the southern Philippines

Video

ANIMATION: War came to Mindanao
The history of the armed struggle in Mindanao runs deeper than all the liberation fronts that have championed its cause. Published Jul 11, 2015

Look also the article HERE

OPAPP hopes to start work on new Bangsamoro law in January
by Carmela Fonbuena December 30, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to name in January 2017 the members of the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission that is tasked to draft the Bangsamoro bill.
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Mindanao Peace Talks
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Hope for Mindanaoans with signing of peace pact.
Published Mar 28, 2014 - To be recognized as the Bangsamoro. That is a dream for many who spent decades fighting for justice. For fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Thursday's historic signing for peace was an emotional day. Natashya Gutierrez reports.

GPH-MILF peace deal: Groundwork begins

Rappler talks to Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Yasmin Busran-Lao and Senen Bacani of the government's peace panel
Published Feb 3, 2014

MILF's sincerity in peace talks questioned

In the midst of knowing the truth behind the bloody encounter in Mamasapano, the intentions and sincerity of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) about the peace talks is now being questioned.
Published Feb 10, 2015

Doubts arise over crucial Philippine autonomy law after rebel clash

Work to set up an autonomous Muslim region in the Philippines to end a 45-year insurgency has been suspended and may be abandoned altogether because of a clash in which more than 50 people were killed, legislators said on Wednesday. A top official described the clash between police and rebels on Sunday, which shattered a three-year ceasefire, as a "misencounter" during a bid to arrest two militants who had taken refuge with Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters.
The rebels, operating in the south of the largely Roman Catholic country, have agreed to disarm in exchange for an autonomous government.
Published Jan 28, 2015 - look also the article HERE , Reported by Reuters World News 28 JAN 2015

What is the current economic standing of ARMM?

While the Bangsamoro Basic Law is still far from completion, a successful implementation of this is said to give great economic gain for the region and the country -- apart from finally achieving peace. But what exactly is the current economic standing of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and how exactly will the BBL help the situation? Published Jun 10, 2015

Look also the video "United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP)" HERE

Look also the article House creates supercommittee to tackle Bangsamoro bill

Bangsamoro Basic Law is not yet dead
by/ Yasmira P. Moner Published February 03, 2016
'We may have lost one track of the Bangsamoro peace process, but combating violent extremism and holding on to peace remain to be the better option to attaining right to self-determination'
Bangsamoro basic law: Forgotten battle?
by/ Amir Mawallil Published February 01, 2016
'We are comforted by our undying aspiration for peace and justice'
Something is palpable in the air right now, something threatening. And it's this: Before we know it, no one is talking about the Moro people and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) anymore but us alone.
Is the BBL dead? Is it over?
Bangsamoro bill in 'coma'
Published Feb 11, 2015

'If both houses of Congress vote today, I dare say not only this version but maybe any version will not pass,' Senator Bongbong Marcos says.

“I don’t know about dying but it is in a coma.”

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr warned that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) might be the next casualty of the Mamasapano clash that killed 44 elite cops, at least 17 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and some civilians.

New deadline for Bangsamoro law passage: June 30
by/Angela Casauay Published Mar 02, 2015

The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law would not pass unamended, House leaders maintain

Amid the beating of war drums, Congress leaders on Monday, March 2, set a new deadline for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law by the end of the 2nd regular session in June.

The imminent death of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the 16th Congress
Published January 29, 2016
Malacañang says it expects the next Philippine leader to sustain the peace process

DOCUMENT: Bangsamoro bill as approved in House committee
Published May 20, 2015
Read the latest version of House Bill 4994 approved at committee level

4 scenarios if Bangsamoro bill is not passed
by/Angela Casauay Published Jun 04, 2015
(UPDATED) One of the least likely scenarios is passing the bill and providing for a longer transition period

Video

#HearMindanao: Why we need to talk peace.
Rappler’s #ProjectMindanao, in partnership with InciteGov, hold a forum "#HearMindanao: Why we should talk peace" on Tuesday, July 14, at the AIM Conference Center in Makati City, from 4 pm to 7 pm. Streamed live on Jul 14, 2015
Look also the articles "FULL TEXT: Mamasapano valedictorian's speech at #HearMindanao" and "Why we should talk peace #HearMindanao"
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Artist Kublai Millan: Art brings peace

Millan is well known for his giant sculptures in Davao city, such as his durian sculpture outside the city's airport and his eagle sculptures in Rizal Park. He is a man with a mission -- he wants to show the world that not all of Mindanao is war-torn.
He shares why as an artist, he believes his work and the work of other artists can be a path to peace within the region.
Published Aug 10, 2015

Remark this is an album in the album "Kublai Millan" in the album "Woodcarvers, Sculptors etc. and their works"

Look more about Kublai Millan HERE

 Private armies - Etc. in the Philippines

Remark, that most of the below videos in this section are albums in the album "Terrorism, Kidnapping, Private Armies, Gangs - Etc."

Important to look too:

New People's Army, NPA

Peace Talks

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Philippines must get rid of its militias now
by Emerlynne Gil Published September 22, 2016

If the Senate hearings would result in abolishing militias and demobilizing their members, it would be an important step towards ending abuses committed by these government-sponsored death squads

Palace activates task force to disband private armies in Bangsamoro
Published September 8, 2015

From the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
The newly released Memorandum Circular No. 83 creates a task force that focuses on disbanding private armies in the Bangsamoro territory and its adjacent regions.

Video

The Philippines' private armies

101 East looks at how clans use private armies to keep a tight grip on political power.

85 armed groups maintained by politicians - PNP
by Gemma Bagayaua Mendoza

The Philippine National Police has vowed to go after private armed groups, PAGs, there will be no sacred cows in this campaign

Philippines must dismantle its private armies!

By Iris C. Gonzales

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PNP: 90% of private armies are in Armm, Cotabato
By Christine Joice C. Cudis, April 01, 2016

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God's Army

Filipino Christian Militias Fighting Back Against the Islamists

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Unreported World: The conflict between Muslims and Christians in Mindanao, in which hundreds of thousands of people have been killed from both sides, and many more people homeless.

Bearers Of The Sword - The Abu Sayyaf

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Holy Warriors

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Revolutionaries or Terrorists

The Philippines is seen as one of the frontlines in the War of Terror. But dubbing local armed groups terrorists seems to be making the situation worse. "We are home-grown, legitimate revolutionaries", states Comrade Oris from the New People's Army. "How can we be terrorists in our own land?" For many years, they were partners in the peace process. But - following George W Bush's visit - they're now regarded as terrorists. Since then, levels of violence have increased. "We need to get away from these labels and go back to the pre 9/11 days of engagement", states peace process advisor, Paul Clifford. "What is it these people want?" According to one report, the most common dominator of rebel villages is the lack of a local school.

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Rebels Returnee Testimonies

NPA Amazon encourages comrades to surrender
Ka Hannah a vice platoon leader of cpp npa finally realized that she has been deceive and tells about his experiences inside the New Peoples Army. Uploaded on Aug 28, 2010

NPA Rebel Returnee Testimony
Watch Marife's aka Juliet testimony why she left the rebel group. Published Oct 9, 2013

Look more about NPA above HERE

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Pagalungan

Hundreds of families from villages on the border of North Cotabato and Maguindanao fill makeshift evacuation centers while fighting rages between elements of the MILF's 108th Base Command and BIFF fighters.

Published Feb 19, 2015

Child soldiers in the PHILIPPINES

Look also above HERE and the laws about Children, Youth, Children in Armed Conflict

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Children and Youth in Organised Armed Violence: Contextualisation, Personal Histories and Policy Options

by/Agnes Zenaida V. Camacho, Marco P. Puzon and Yasmin Patrice Ortiga
Children in Armed Conflict
A book based on an Initiative of Human Security Network and the United Nations Special representative of Secretary-General for Children and Armed conflict
Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict

Look also HERE

Look the protocol as pdf HERE

Alternative Report

Implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, OP-CRC-AC

Prepared by the Philippine Coalition to Protect Children Involved in Armed Conflict, Protect CIAC and the Southeast Asia Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, SEASUCS

The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

works to prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, to secure their demobilisation and to ensure their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

The UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict believes that three groups remain liable for children in war zones: The Abu Sayyaf Group, ASG, the New People’s Army, NPA, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, MILF. To this list, we would also add the Communist Party of the Philippines, CPP -NPA and “pangayao” tribal wars. Though it is not Project: AK-47’s intent to place blame in the existing fray, we do want you to be aware of the current reality.
Children and Armed Conflict
Child Soldier Relief

an organization designated to advocate on behalf of child soldiers by serving as a central repository of information on all topics relating to the topic of child soldiers.

Child soldiers in spotlight as Mindanao battle rages
Luwaran.com

UN report on child soldiers

Child Soldiers Global Report 2008

Look also Child soldiers

Girl Child Soldiers

The Other Face of Sexual Exploitation and Gender Violence

The Voices of Girl Child Soldiers

by/Yvonne E. Keairns, PhD

Liberating Child Soldiers

Look the article as pdf HERE

Caught in Crossfire Caught in Crossfire: Child Soldiers
by/Merliza Makinano
Philippines: Terror groups use children
Moro Islamic Liberation Front, MILF Still Uses Child Soldiers

Look also above HERE

UN official meets with MILF brass on child soldiers
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Remark these are albums the album "Child soldiers in the Philippines":

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Child Soldiers In The Philippines
Published on Oct 30, 2013

Moves to end use of child soldiers, but problem persists.

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MILF Child soldiers

Moro Islamic Liberation Front, MILF Still Uses Child Soldiers

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Child Soldiers hired by BIFF-MILF

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters BIFF - a splinter group of the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation or MILF - was recently filmed here, in a video submitted to Children of War. Shot in their base in Mindanao, this video is alarming because of the vision of child soldiers, some look as young as 10 years old, carrying AK47s, armalite rifles. We are calling on the government, child advocacy groups, and the Filipinos to condemn BIFF in using child soldiers. Let everybody pressure Umbra Kato's group into demobilizing these innocent kids!

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CPP/NPA/NDF - Child soldiers

New people's army extreme child exploitation in the Philippines. The CPP/NPA/NDF has been recruiting minors as combatants since 1980's this was proven when many child wariors surrendered to the Government.

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Batang Hit-man - Child soldiers

Kidnapping e.g. for Ransom - KFR

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Americans warned: Avoid traveling to southern Cebu
November 03, 2016
The United States Embassy, Manila has warned American citizens against traveling to areas frequented by foreigners in southern Cebu, specifically around Dalaguete and Santander, including Sumilon Island.
In an advisory posted on the US Embassy in the Philippines' website, the embassy said terrorist groups are planning to conduct kidnappings in those areas in Cebu

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Palace: Safeguards up vs kidnapping threats in Southern Cebu
November 04, 2016 by Ruth Abbey Gita

"There was indeed a police report regarding a plan to stage a kidnapping in Southern Cebu. The report is in the process of being validated," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
Abella issued the statement following the United States (US) Embassy's travel warning to Southern Cebu, particularly around Dalaguete and Santander, including Sumilon Island, amid kidnapping threats by terror groups.

Southern Philippine waters not a new Somalia – gov't
by AFP Published July 08, 2016

The foreign secretary's comments come after armed men suspected to be from the Abu Sayyaf group this year abducted 25 Indonesian and Malaysian sailors in the Sulu Sea.
The Philippines denied, that piracy in its waters bordering Indonesia and Malaysia had reached Somalian levels, after a recent spate of kidnappings of Southeast Asian sailors.

3 foreigners, 1 Filipina abducted in Samal Island
by/Karlos Manlupig Editha Caduaya Published September 22, 2015
Three foreigners – two Canadians and a Norwegian – and a Filipina were abducted in a resort in Samal Island in Davao del Norte late Monday night, September 21, authorities confirmed.
The victims include a Norwegian resort executive, his Filipino girlfriend, and two Canadian guests. Two Japanese nationals are hurt after they fought off the armed men who tried to kidnap them as well.
Samal Island, known as the "Island Garden City," experienced a similar incident in 2001.

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Davao under red alert status; task group formed for Samal abduction
by/Karlo Paolo R. Pates, September 22, 2015
The entire Davao region was placed under red alert status while a special task group was formed to go after gunmen who seized three foreigners and a Filipina from a resort in Samal Island Monday.

New rebel group likely behind Samal kidnapping
by/Camille Elemia Editha Caduaya Published September 23, 2015

Police release sketch of 1 of 11 abductors in Samal
by/Karlo Paolo R. Pates September 23, 2015
"The American national and his Japanese wife were asked, after they were discharged from the hospital, to describe one of the suspects and we came up with this sketch," Dulay told reporters at the sidelines of the special conference organized by the Police Regional Office, PRO.

Abu Sayyaf beheads another Canadian hostage
Published June 13, 2016
Robert Hall is beheaded by the group in Sulu as the deadline for ransom payment lapses.
The Abu Sayyaf was demanding P600 million in ransom for 3 hostages.
In April, the group killed Canadian John Ridsdel after a ransom deadline passed.
Ridsdel, Hall, Sekkingstad, and Flor were abducted in September 2015 from a resort on Samal Island, hundreds of kilometers from the Abu Sayyaf's traditional strongholds.

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PH condemns 'senseless' murder of Canadian hostage
Updated June 14, 2016

(UPDATED) Malacañang extends its condolences to the family of Robert Hall, the second Canadian hostage to be killed by the Abu Sayyaf in two months

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Time to stop kidnap for ransom in Sulu
by/Victor M. Taylor Published April 27, 2016

'Clearly, the strategy the Philippine government has adopted with regard to the ASG is not working. It is time to take more aggressive measures.'

Abu Sayyaf 'outsourcing' kidnap operations – police
by/Gualberto Laput Published June 14, 2016

The Abu Sayyaf has reportedly hired other criminal groups and outsiders to do the intelligence gathering and heavy lifting in connection with its kidnap-for-ransom activities

Videos

How the DILG plans to battle kidnappers
A group is worried about the existence of kidnap-for-ransom cases for the past couple of months. Their appeal, change the system of the police when they are responding. Published Sep 3, 2014
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Kidnap for ransom group, starting to rise again?
Anthony Taberna talks to an anti-crime group about the rise in kidnappings in Luzon. Published Sep 3, 2014
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Kidnap for Ransom - Problem in Mindanao
Two months into 2014, 6 kidnapping for ransom incidents were already recorded by the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group with two cases in Luzon and four in Mindanao, in particular, in Cotabato and Zamboanga. Published Feb 21, 2014
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Maids, drivers are top sources of kidnapper info
The number of kidnap-for-ransom cases rose up in the past couple of months. According to the report, 99 percent of the cases, the maids or the drivers are those who give off tips in the kidnap-for-ransom groups. Published Sep 3, 2014
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Kidnap for Ransom
Muslim terrorists in the Philippines are targeting Christian for kidnapping. Authorities fear the practice is becoming much too lucrative.

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Former hostage discusses Philippines kidnapping

Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan speaks about kidnap victim Warren Rodwell and his own experience as a hostage. Uploaded on Jan 4, 2012

Remark these are albums in the sub-album "Kidnappings for Ransom"

Girl kidnapped

A six-year-old British girl has been kidnapped at gunpoint by Muslim extremists in the Philippines who are believed to be seeking a ransom, military said.

Kidnapping of foreigners for ransom in the Philippines is quite disturbing

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