Philippines: Terrorists Hustle To Stay Competitive


April 22,2008: Around the capital, police have found one terrorist bomb factory, or at least a place where there were lots of bomb components. Captured documents indicate that the plotters were part of Indonesian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah.

Meanwhile, in the south, Abu Sayyaf has been involved in several kidnappings. These are apparently for ransom, and the victims are Moslems. This does nothing for Abu Sayyaf's reputation among Moslems. Islamic terrorists, in general, are having a hard time maintaining any visibility in the news. The terrorists are on a downward trend and may get more desperate before the last organized groups are caught.

Communist NPA rebels have been using stolen army uniforms to get into villages guarded by armed militia. The rebels then loot the village of food and cash, and take the weapons of the militiamen. The NPA is under increasing pressure from the army and police. Because the rebels are more frequently forced to live by plunder, more rural civilians are willing to inform on them. This leads to more gun battles with government forces, more casualties and more desertions.

April 13, 2008: Two small bombs went off in the south, one outside a Catholic cathedral. There were no casualties and Abu Sayyaf was suspected, as this groups is known to be desperate to get some terrorist action going in the area.


Article Archive

Philippines: Current 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close