The mountainous town of Butig is host to an MILF camp where its founding leader Hashim Salamat is buried. It’s also where the ISIS-linked Maute Group trained its fighters before they targeted Marawi
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 3, 2017) — It took 17 years of negotiations before the government and Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed in 2014 a peace agreement that envisioned to address the roots of rebellion in Mindanao. Continue reading MILF, Maute Group battle for legitimacy→
The influence of ISIS in the Philippines is ‘growing stronger and expanding,’ say analysts
MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 3, 2016) — Militants fighting in the name of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, IS, ISIL, or Da’esch) group are escalating attacks in the southern Philippines, analysts said, deepening fears for the volatile region after its main Muslim rebel group failed to seal a peace pact.
Authorities say Muslim rebels booby-trapped a highway to target military convoys, but it detonated when a van with 6 civilians drove through it late Tuesday
MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 17, 2016) — Three civilians were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Maguindanao where the army and Muslim rebels have engaged in sporadic fighting for days, police said Wednesday, February 17.
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
CENTRAL MINDANAO, Philippines (Jan. 19, 2016) — Members of an armed Christian group here burned a flag of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Tuesday, January 19, to show their opposition to attacks by ISIS-inspired organizations against civilians and the reported plan of the terror group to set up its own province in the region.
‘Our security forces are well aware of the emerging threat and have been conducting operations to prevent terror acts anywhere in the country,’ says a joint Philippine military and police statement after the Jakarta attacks
MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 14, 2016) — Philippine security forces expressed concern over an “emerging threat” of terrorism, after suicide attackers struck the Indonesian capital on Thursday, January 14.