terrorism in the Philippines - updates

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Once a primary author, Biazon withdraws support, votes no to anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:19 AM

His reason? The House leadership did not allow any lawmaker to propose amendments to the bill that is an exact replica of what senators had passed

WITHDRAWAL. Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon explains his negative vote on the anti-terror bill via Zoom on June 3, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

Mindanao lawmakers: Anti-terror bill will further incite violence, not end terrorism

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:23 PM

'This law is not meant to combat terrorism. It is meant to give the state the power to tag whomever they please as a terrorist. Hindi pa ba tayo natuto?' says House Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman of Basilan

JUNK TERROR BILL. A protester raises a sign against the anti-terror law outside the University of the Philippines' Quezon Hall in Quezon City on June 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Draconian' anti-terror bill, feared to be used vs gov't critics, hurdles Congress

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:12 PM

(UPDATED) The bill would allow the proposed Anti-Terror Council, which would be composed of top Cabinet officials, to order the arrest of people it deems to be terrorists

JUNK TERROR BILL. Groups from different sectors stage a protest caravan and noise barrage outside the gates of the House on June 3, 2020 demanding the scrapping of the anti-terrorism bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Robredo: Is lethal anti-terror bill against terrorists or critics?

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:42 PM

'Ang tanong ko nga: terorismo ba talaga ang tuon ng [anti-] terror bill? O gusto lang nitong bigyan ng kapangyarihan ang estado para bansagang terorista kung sino man ang kanilang gusto?'

OPPOSITION LEADER. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines's annual Prospects for the Philippines Conference on January 30, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Catholic, Protestant leaders condemn anti-terror bill

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Christian leaders warn that silence about the Philippines' proposed anti-terror law 'only assures the impending destruction and abuse of our people'

VOICE OF FAITH. Church representatives join a protest outside Congress on June 3, 2020, to condemn the proposed anti-terror law in the Philippines. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Anti-terror bill one step away from House final approval

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:07 PM

Lawmakers are bent on ratifying the bill into law before Congress adjourns on Friday, June 5.

#JunkTerrorBill: Sign this petition to help uphold human rights

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Defend UPLB warns that the bill has the potential to silence critics of the government. Take a stand and sign the petition to persuade Congress to drop the measure.

Screenshot from Defend UPLB's change.org petition

Duterte certifies as urgent anti-terrorism bill feared to clamp down on basic rights

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Security officials want the controversial law passed before Congress adjourns on June 5

PROTEST RALLY. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

Groups mourn murder of urban poor leader

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:39 PM

Kabataan party worries that many would face the same fate as Kadamay leader Carlito Badion if the anti-terror bill is passed

Fears of losing freedoms escalate as Congress rushes to pass anti-terror bill

May 30, 2020 - 11:16 PM

The bill would empower a council of top cabinet officials to do functions usually reserved for the courts, like ordering the warrantless arrest and detention of people and groups perceived to be terrorists

ANTI TERROR BILL. Anakpawis Party-list and peasant group from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas rally in 2018 against the Human Security Act of 2007 which SB 1083 or the Anti Terror Bill seeks to repeal and strengthen. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

House joint committee adopts Senate version of toughened anti-terrorism bill

May 29, 2020 - 9:37 PM

(UPDATED) The move fast-tracks the passage of a proposed law that broadens the definition of terrorism and heightens punishment of convicted terrorists, but which the opposition sees as a clampdown on dissent

PROTEST RALLY. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

‘Dissent is duty, not crime’: Filipinos slam anti-terrorism bill

May 29, 2020 - 9:05 PM

#JunkTerrorBill tops Twitter trends as Filipinos online criticize the dangerous provisions of the anti-terror bill

Marawi, 3 years on: 120,000 still displaced, now vulnerable to COVID-19

May 23, 2020 - 8:40 PM

The 5-month battle in 2017 left Marawi City's central district in ruins. Three years on, it is still a rubble and remains off-limits to residents.

TEMPORARY HOMES. Families in transitory shelters in Marawi City put up sari-sari stores to augment their income. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

At least 3 Abu Sayyaf members killed as Sulu clashes continue

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Eight soldiers of the Philippine Army's 45th Infantry Battalion are wounded in the battle in Barangay Latih in Patikul, Sulu

Soldiers killed in Sulu clash hailed as heroes

Apr 18, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Friday’s encounter with the Abu Sayyaf Group in Patikul, Sulu, was the deadliest battle the military has fought in a long while, says the Philippine Army

ARMY SOLDIERS. In this file photo, Philippine Army troops battle the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao. File photo from the Philippine Army

11 soldiers killed, 14 wounded in Sulu clash with Abu Sayyaf

Apr 17, 2020 - 8:46 PM

(4th UPDATE) Bloodstains on the clash site in Patikul, Sulu, indicate an undetermined number of casualties among the Abu Sayyaf Group, says the military

Kidnapped doctor rescued from Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Army troops rescue Daniel Moreno, who was abducted in Jolo, Sulu, on February 4

JUNGLE TROOPS. Military soldiers in Basilan. Rappler file photo

4 soldiers killed in Maguindanao clashes with pro-ISIS militants

Mar 06, 2020 - 11:15 PM

Government troops recover the bodies of 5 militants, and are verifying reports of 9 other casualties from the terrorist Dawlah Islamiyah Torayfie Group

3 pro-ISIS militants killed in Maguindanao clashes – military

Mar 04, 2020 - 12:11 AM

Separatist terror groups pose a challenge to the newly established regional government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which marks its first anniversary this month

VIOLENCE LINGERS. Firearms and ammunition recovered from fleeing members of an ISIS-linked group in Maguindanao. Photo from the AFP Western Mindanao Command

‘Unconstitutional’ anti-terrorism bill targets dissenters, not terrorists – Colmenares

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:33 PM

'Hindi talaga para ito sa mga Abu Sayyaf or terrorista o sino pa mang tinatawag na terorista… Kailangan ito para doon sa dissenters, sa oposisyon,' says NUPL chair Neri Colmenares

REPEAL HUMAN SECURITY ACT. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest against the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

[EDITORIAL] The real terror in our midst

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:01 AM

While the terrorism threat is real, laws that empower dishonest, unprofessional policemen and give these petty gunslingers super powers are the bigger threats

Senate approves anti-terrorism bill on final reading

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:49 PM

Senators Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan vote against the measure and warn of its possible abuse

DESTROYED. Remnants of what's left in Marawi after local terrorist groups attempted to take the city. Rappler file photo

2 Abu Sayyaf members killed in Sulu clash with military

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Taullah Abdurasa, also known as Amah Ollah, and a certain Baby Ollah are killed in the clash

ARMY SOLDIERS. Philippine Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

After 2 and a half years, martial law ends in Mindanao

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:46 PM

(UPDATED) Security officials say Mindanao is stable enough to carry on without martial law, even as they still battle terrorist groups and communist rebels in some areas

STILL IN RUINS. A band of soldiers ride by the ruins of a mosque in Marawi City, where the May 2017 siege by ISIS-linked terrorists prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to place all of Mindanao under martial law. Photo by Noel Celis/Agence France-Presse

Families displaced by Maguindanao clashes cry for help

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Traumatized by the sound of bombs and guns, at least 2,000 families caught in the battle between terrorists and the military are staying in makeshift booths in open spaces, a Moro community leader tells Rappler

DRIVEN OUT. Skirmishes between the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters including the pro-ISIS Abu Torayfie Group in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, over the past week have driven some 800 families to flee their homes and stay in makeshift booths. Photo sourced by Rappler

ISIS liaison to Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu clash

Nov 23, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Talha Jumsah or Abu Talha is an ISIS-trained bomb expert who 'served as an instructor to the ASG in the fabrication of more lethal and destructive IEDs' used in suicide bombings, says Joint Task Force Sulu

BOMB EXPERT. Talha Jumsah or Abu Talha is killed in a clash with the government troops in Sitio Tubig Amu, Barangay Tanum, Patikul, Sulu  on November 22, 2019.  Photo from Joint Task Force Sulu

U.S. funds P1 billion in programs to help BARMM transition, fight terrorism

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Suicide bombings in Mindanao are a ‘major concern,’ says a top US counterterrorism official visiting Manila to boost cooperation in tactical response, border security, and cutting terrorist funding

FIGHTING TERRORISM. The siege of Marawi City in 2017 is a grim reminder of the insidious threat of terrorism in the Philippines. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

DNA tests on Sulu suicide bombers confirm Abu Sayyaf’s ISIS links – military

Nov 14, 2019 - 9:06 PM

The foreign suspects killed in separate incidents in Sulu were ISIS terrorists working for the Abu Sayyaf's Sawadjaan faction, the military says

SUICIDE VESTS. These explosive vests were recovered from 3 suspected suicide bombers killed in a clash with Philippine Army troops in Indanan, Sulu, on November 5, 2019. Photo from AFP Joint Task Force Sulu

1 Filipino, 2 Egyptian ‘suicide bombers’ killed in army clash in Sulu – AFP

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:59 PM

Philippine Army troops intercepted the 3 suspects, believed to be from the Abu Sayyaf Group, at a checkpoint in Indanan town on Tuesday afternoon

SUICIDE VESTS. These vests with 'explosives and triggering devices' were recovered from 3 suspected suicide bombers who were killed in a clash with Philippine Army troops in Indanan, Sulu, on November 5, 2019. Photo from AFP Joint Task Force Sulu

The dead and the living: This week's outlook

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:14 AM

In the Philippines, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death will likely have little operational impact on the recruitment and plans of terrorists, who thrive on our porous backdoor and fertile areas for agitation

Revenge attacks by pro-ISIS groups ‘very likely’ after Baghdadi killing – analyst

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:31 PM

The death of ISIS' top leader in the Middle East may shift extremists' attention closer to home as they try to avenge his death and assert their influence, says leading terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna

TERRORIST KILLED. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, addressing worshippers at a mosque in the ISIS-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

FAST FACTS: Terrorism in the Philippines

Sep 11, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The world commemorates the 9/11 attacks that happened in the US 18 years ago. What has been the situation in the Philippines since then?

A bombed-out mosque stands in what was the main battle area in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on October 25, 2017, days after the military declared the fighting against IS-inspired Muslim militants over.  Philippine troops of a southern Philippine city where Islamic State supporters waged a brutal five-month battle began leaving Marawi on October 25, as a group of journalists were given the first ever press tour of the devastated city. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Military pushes proposal to amend 'weak' anti-terrorism law

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines calls for more drastic powers against terror suspects as Congress moves forward with amending the Human Security Act of 2007

TOUGHER LAW. AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

E-mail that triggered probe into ISIS terrorists in PH may be bogus – NBI

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

A woman accused in the e-mail as a terrorist says her father may have been behind it due to his disapproval of her fiancé

INTEL ON ALLEGED TERRORISTS. An email sent to the National Bureau of Investigation sets off a full-blown investigation into the alleged entry of terrorists in the country. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

‘Security before human rights’: Lorenzana wants tougher law vs terrorism

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The defense chief wants longer warrantless detention for terror suspects to give security agencies more time to build cases against them

SECURITY FIRST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the Senate on January 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Reports on Sri Lankan terrorists in PH doubtful – AFP

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Reports of terrorists from Sri Lanka slipping into the Philippines and preparing for attacks in Luzon appear to be a family feud 'gone awry'

AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018, on issues of Mandatory ROTC and Martial Law extension. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AFP verifying reports of Sri Lankan terrorists in PH

Aug 10, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The military is on heightened alert as it verifies pieces of information about alleged terror threats to churches and other establishments in Luzon

ON ALERT. Military and police personnel at a ceremony on May 7, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

12 terrorists killed in Maguindanao clash – military

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the suspects were plotting bomb attacks in populous and urban areas

TERROR THREAT. The 5-month siege of Marawi City in 2017 exemplifies the existing threat of terrorism in the Philippines. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

AFP confirms report: Indonesian couple behind Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:26 PM

ISIS terrorists looking to carve out a territory in Southeast Asia present a challenge to the region's security forces, especially in the Philippines

JOLO ATTACK. Policemen and soldiers stand outside bomb-hit church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. - At least 18 people were killed when two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said on January 27, days after voters backed the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region. (Photo by NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP)

Dismay, questions as Duterte SONA reduces Marawi terror siege to a drug issue

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:32 PM

President Duterte's framing of the Marawi siege as rooted in illegal drugs distracts from the real causes of terrorism, which are extremist ideology and social injustice

STILL DISPLACED. A Maranao woman walks by tents at the Sarimanok Tent City in Marawi City on the eve of Eid'l Fitr, June 4, 2019. (Bobby Lagsa/Rappler)

Expect little talk on security issues in Duterte’s SONA – analysts

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Security threats like terrorism and Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea won't figure much in Duterte's yearly address but most Filipinos won't mind it, analysts say

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes an officer as he prepares to board a plane bound for the People's Republic of China at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on April 24, 2019. Malacañang photo

Suicide attacks emerge in Philippines under ISIS influence

Jul 02, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Security analysts say the apparent suicide bombings in the country over the past 12 months are a worrying escalation of militancy driven by the influence of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia

RUBBLE. A bombed-out mosque stands in what was the main battle area in Marawi City. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

AFP: 'High possibility' Sulu blasts were suicide attacks

Jul 02, 2019 - 4:54 PM

(UPDATED) Investigators have also yet to determine whether any of the attackers were Filipino

STILL HESITANT. AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018, on issues of Mandatory ROTC and Martial Law extension. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Suicide bombing? Attack on Sulu military camp similar to Jolo Cathedral blast

Jun 29, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The military identifies Abu Sayyaf Group leader Hatib Sawadjaan as the mastermind of the attacks. He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

BLAST SITE. Twin bombings hit a military camp in Indanan, Sulu, on June 28, 2019. Sourced photo

4 killed in Lanao del Sur clash

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Army troops clash with the group under the command of Owayda Benito Marohomsar alias Abu Dar

‘Madrasah is not a breeding ground for extremism’

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:17 AM

'I studied Madrasah and I grew up in a Madrasah, but I am not a terrorist, I am not an extremist,' says Ustadz Alzad Sattar

IN PRAYER. Muslims inside the Masjid Ibnu Abbas mosque in Caloocan hold prayers in preparation for the Eid Al Adha celebration tomorrow. August 20, 2018 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Creation of PH homeland security department eyed as key vs terrorism

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The department is seen to consolidate security agencies like the Philippine National Police to focus on internal security

SECURITY CRISIS. A Philippine Marine walks past graffiti during a patrol along a deserted street at the frontline in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao on July 22, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Bangsamoro law to be 'vaccine' vs terrorism

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte formally presents the signed Bangsamoro Organic Law to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

5 challenges for new PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Here are obstacles that outlasted Ronald dela Rosa. Now, it's Oscar Albayalde's turn to face them.

IN PHOTOS: Police simulate terror attack on Cubao bus terminal

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Quezon City police prepare for the possibility of a terror attack on the public transportation hub

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. Suspect B takes a woman as hostage. Photo by Angie de Silva