The scorching summer and the heated elections formed the backdrop for tensions that simmered and, in several instances, boiled over in the Bangsamoro and surrounding areas in April.
Our CEMS received 93 reports excluding election-related incidents, which were covered by an earlier bulletin.
CEMS captured 144 real-time reports of election-related tensions and violence from 11-13 May in the Bangsamoro. These incidents were characterized by fistfights and the use of explosive devices, rather than the sort of gun battles that were a staple of previous electoral exercises.
The a run-up to the 2019 Philippine election was characterized by intense political rivalries that saw candidates and their supporters engage in mudslinging, vote buying, intimidation and threats, harassment, physical fights, and violence with the use of firearms.
By Tricia Aquino, News5 | InterAksyon | December 1, 2017 Violent incidents related to illegal drugs grew almost six-fold in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao from 2015 to 2016, coinciding with the launch of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs when he assumed office. But peace building organization International Alert Philippines observed: “Despite the
By Raul Dancel, The Straits Times | November 30, 2017 MANILA – Shadow economies, underpinned by illegal drug trade and gun-running, will continue to fuel violent extremism and attacks on urban areas in the insurgency-wracked southern Philippine island of Mindanao, experts have warned. “The problem remains. The Maute group may have been effectively defeated in
By Jee Y. Geronimo, Rappler | November 30, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – Peacebuilding organization International Alert Philippines on Wednesday, November 29, warned about two looming problems related to identity that may erupt in Marawi City in the next few months. “One, there will be those who will seek revenge. They lost their property, they lost their loved
By Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon | November 30, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — Peace-building organization International Alert Philippines has warned of two possible sources of violence that may erupt in Marawi City shortly after the war between terrorist groups and government forces in the Lanao del Sur capital: first are people who are seeking revenge for the
By Jee Y. Geronimo, Rappler | November 29, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – Peacebuilding organization International Alert Philippines on Wednesday, November 29, urged the government to make sure that the rehabilitation of Marawi City will include efforts to build communities that are resilient to the threat of extremism. During the launch of Conflict Alert 2017 on Wednesday, International
By Marlly Rome Bondoc, GMA News | November 29, 2017 The possibility of Cotabato City being “the next” Marawi City is unlikely, as the Maute group would not be able to easily mobilize there due in part to the city’s more diverse population, a non-government organization said Wednesday. At the launch of International Alert Philippines’
By Jee Y. Geronimo, Rappler | November 29, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) saw an “explosion of violence” in 2016, according to the latest Conflict Alert launched by International Alert Philippines on Wednesday, November 29. “There were 4,356 incidents in 2016, or an 89% increase from the previous year’s