Esscom on alert as Philippine military makes final push in Marawi city

Zam Yusa The heavy offensive by Philippine security forces that includes airstrikes raises the possibility that militants will flee to the east coast of Sabah. KOTA KINABALU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) will remain on alert against the heightened risk of militants fleeing to the state as Philippine forces step up efforts to capture […]

Philippine troops retake most of Marawi

Fighting now limited to 2 villages amid reports terror group’s leader killed By Hader Glang ZAMBOANGA CITY The fight against the Daesh-linked Maute group in Marawi is down to just two villages as the offensive entered its 71st day, the military said Tuesday. Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said the military is working to […]

Philippine Forces Hunt Terrorists at Sea

By Noel Tarrazona As fighting between terrorists and government forces in Mindanao continues, the Philippine government has rolled out countermeasures to prevent the escape of members of the ISIS-inspired Maute group via maritime routes. Manila has announced two major maritime security initiatives to prevent ISIS-inspired militants from fleeing to neighboring islands near the Malaysian and Indonesian borders. Making its first move, the Philippine […]

Philippines Coast Guard in the Spotlight Amid Islamic State Terror Threat

The crisis has further increased the focus on the institution within Philippine security. By Prashanth Parameswaran The recent siege by Islamic State-linked militants in the southern Philippine city in Marawi is just the latest sign of what some regional observers, myself included, have long warned about: the growing threat of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia […]

In Philippines, Shipping Defies Martial Law Jitters

By Noel Tarrazona The Philippine government sees a continuing increase in the shipping industry despite the declared martial law in Mindanao, on-going conflict in Marawi, growing threat in the ASEAN maritime region and the unresolved dispute in the South China Sea. Earlier, many shipping cargo industry players expected slow growth in the shipping industry thanks to […]

29 'Abu Sayyaf bandits' arrested in Sulu

By BONG GARCIA TWENTY-NINE suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were arrested in a raid in the hinterlands of Sulu, a top military official announced Wednesday. Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana Jr., commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said the suspects were arrested around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in the village of Bangkal, Patikul […]

Lawless waters test Southeast Asian nations in fight against Islamic State

By Kanupriya Kapoor Militants, pirates, drug traffickers, gun runners – the waters between Borneo and the southern Philippines have them all, but as an Islamic State faction burst on the scene in recent weeks, this corner of Southeast Asia plumbed new levels of insecurity. The mostly Muslim countries of Indonesia and Malaysia, and those with […]

Marawi siege: US special forces aiding Philippine army

US special forces are helping the Philippine military retake the southern city of Marawi from IS-linked militants, the Philippine army says. The forces are providing technical help and are not fighting, it said. President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier threatened to throw out US troops amid strained relations since taking office. Militants have been under siege […]