PRESS RELEASE: Explosion of violence in Muslim Mindanao in 2016

Taguig City, 29 November 2017—Violence in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) reached unprecedented levels in 2016, providing a preview of what would happen in 2017. This is according to Conflict Alert, a subnational conflict monitoring system developed by peacebuilding organization International Alert Philippines. Conflict Alert, which launched its 2017 report today, tracks the incidence, causes, and human costs of violent conflict in Mindanao. It has the largest database on subnational conflict, containing more than 40,000 violent conflict incidents gathered from police reports, print media, and community sources. The latest report highlights an 89% year-on-year increase in violent conflict incidents in 2016 in the ARMM, amid the holding of local elections, the state-led anti-drug campaign, and the emergence of a particularly lethal form of violent conflict: violent extremism. All provinces in the ARMM saw large increases in the number of conflicts. Maguindanao posted the highest number of incidents, followed by Basilan and Sulu. However, in terms of conflicts per 100,000 persons or per 1,000 square kilometers, Basilan was ahead of Maguindanao. Shadow economy issues, primarily…