Duterte tightens the screws on Mindanao extremists

Neighbors on alert to keep Islamic State-linked militants from spilling out JUN ENDO and TAKASHI NAKANO MANILA/SINGAPORE As the Philippine military enters the final stretch of its mission to liberate the city of Marawi from Islamist rebels, the challenge for President Rodrigo Duterte is to prevent the violence from spilling beyond the southern island of Mindanao. […]

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 […]

Eastern Mindanao Command strengthens border security

By Francis Wakefield The Armed Forces of the Philippines-Eastern Mindanao Command (AFP-EastMinCom) yesterday said it has further intensified its border crossing security with the creation of an interagency border security council to prevent terrorist and other transnational crime syndicate from using the country’s backdoor as entry point. During the interagency meeting held at the Eastern […]

Indonesia reaffirms support for PH’s fight vs. terrorism

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos Indonesian President Joko Widodo has reaffirmed his country’s commitment to help the Philippines fight the threat of terrorism in Mindanao, Malacañang said on Thursday. This came after it was revealed that President Duterte spoke with Widodo over the telephone Wednesday night to discuss security matters following the threat of the Islamic […]

Arms smugglers nabbed through cooperation between US, Philippines authorities

By Babe G. Romualdez Close coordination between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and US agencies that include the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had led to the successful arrest of arms smugglers during a buy-bust operation in Makati. The successful […]

Visayas maritime security boosted

By Tara Yap Iloilo City — With the terrorist attack in Marawi City in their mind, law enforcement agencies are strengthening maritime security in the Visayas, whose coasts are vulnerable to terrorist attack. Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag, director of Police Regional Office (PRO-6), said this was the consensus among officers of the Philippine National […]

‘Maute holding on to 20% of Marawi’

By Roel Pareño IS praises Marawi siege ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Maute and Abu Sayyaf militants in Marawi are holed up only in four barangays of the city, contrary to claims by the Islamic State (IS) that the local terror group now has control over almost the entire city, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief Lt. […]