Lessons from history about insurgency in the Philippines

Insurgency, rebellion, and separatist movements (Note: I will use these three terms interchangeably.) have always been part and parcel of Philippine history. In this regard, it is no different from other countries and their histories. Successive Philippine governments have had to deal with several of these movements. In the spotlight are the Communist Party of […]

All-out war Philippines: Kill ’em all and let God sort them out

So, we are told, there’s three groups to consider: the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). Three different acronyms, yes. But are they really three different groups of people? We seem to have fixated on the acronyms but not really thought through and understood what […]

All-out war: Philippine Army now fighting for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front!

The only real winner coming out of the Philippine and Malaysian governments’ Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) scam is the terrorist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). It is pure genius. The MILF has locked itself in a ceasefire deal with the government of Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III effectively hog-tying the Armed Forces of […]

PNoy’s lack of leadership exposed following the Mamasapano massacre

Two weeks after the deadly Mamasapano clash, Philippine President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino managed to come up with a better spin on the tragedy during his recent speech addressed to the nation. After receiving confirmation of the killing of Zulkifli bin Hir (a.k.a. “Marwan”), he declared the operation a “success” despite the 44 casualties: Mabigat […]

Philippine Army keeps cool as Malaysia goes on high alert against Islamic militants!

For many Filipinos, the fight being waged by Islamic militants to re-establish a Muslim caliphate across vast swaths of the Arab world in North Africa and the Middle East has remained a mere peripheral issue. Recent events however have revealed disturbing insight into how much of the events over there may be resonating among the […]

Manila government looks on as Mindanao bombing incidents remain unsolved

While the public in Metro Manila are preoccupied with the controversy surrounding the pork barrel and the leaked sex tape of Parokya ni Edgar singer Chito Miranda, it seems that the Philippine central government based in Manila can only look on and react belatedly at five (5) recent bombing incidents that occurred in Mindanao. An […]