Whether or not the recent sighting of 100 or so suspected Maute militants in Buldon, Maguindanao is true or not, the fact remains that as long as frustrations of the people especially of the youths over the lack of genuine or fast efforts of government to address their long list of Moro legitimate grievances against the government, more and more violence in Mindanao will continue to besiege us all. Even if every armed Moro group would side with government in its so-called war on terror, the threats of war and/or terrorism will stay. This is because these enemies of the government feast on the legitimate grievances of the people – and they are exploiting these effectively.
The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) of Nanyang Technological University of Singapore publishes the research findings of their fellows on various topics of regional and global import. The publications also come as briefs to which that I fortunately subscribe. I sometimes post these briefs on my Facebook page.
Acts of violent extremism, such as the attacks in Barcelona earlier this month, are becoming a routine feature of the global security landscape. Such threats require little in the way of military infrastructure but are instead reliant upon a social capacity to fatally persuade individuals – often, but not always, young men – to believe in extremist values.
Here's a comparative on 2014 BBL and the 2017 versions: Arroyo House Bill 6121 and the BTC Draft.
In a news clip coming out of the Marawi Siege, a group of people was able to touch base with the Maute group. In an ongoing siege, one way to end it is to establish communication between opposing groups to explore options for conclusion. What power or influence this does this group of people carry, inspite of an active war going on, the opposing sides talked? Why did the military allow them to proceed to the enemy side? Why did the Maute Group meet them?