A Lack of Intelligence

Just 24 hours prior, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) downplayed a travel advisory released by the United States Embassy regarding terrorist activity in the traditionally peaceful Central Visayas region. The following day, the military found themselves in an armed encounter with members of the Islamic State-affiliated Abu Sayyaf Group in the island of […]

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The Opening Salvo

It came as a shock when the United States Embassy in the Philippines issued a travel advisory warning for the Central Visayas region. The area is known for pristine, white sand beaches and minimal crime rates. As such, terrorism of any form was virtually unheard of. Hence the travel warning was taken with a grain of salt […]

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The Enemy is Here

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is in custody of two foreign individuals suspected of being members of the global terrorist network, Islamic State (IS). Weeks earlier, reports emerged that the group were eyeing to establish their new stronghold in the Philippines and that an influx of IS fighters fleeing the Middle East were making their way […]

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An Enemy in our Backyard

Not long ago, the Abu Sayaff were deemed too weak to even be considered a “terrorist group” and were instead dismissed as a decrepit bunch of bandits operating in the lawless corners of Mindanao. This week, a top official from a foreign country made the grave threat that these very “bandits” could establish the next stronghold […]

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Ten Years On

Today, the world marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The deliberate strikes on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia were carried out clandestinely by Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network. The barbaric acts of terror claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent civilians; they include parents, […]

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