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MANILA, Philippines – Security concerns were again raised after an explosion rocked Lamitan City in Basilan on July 31, killing 10 people, including a child.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the blast appeared to have been a suicide bombing, while the military blames the Abu Sayyaf Group for the explosion.
The Basilan blast came only a few days after President Rodrigo Duterte expressed openness to a dialogue with the Abu Sayyaf “to end bloodshed in Mindanao.”
On Monday, August 6, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug will talk to former defense secretary Orlando Mercado about national security and the threats the Philippines is facing, including how it handles terrorism.
Mercado, also a former senator, headed the Department of National Defense under the presidency of Joseph Estrada from 1998 to 2001. He now teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University.
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