Threats of Violent Extremism and Terrorism in the Philippines Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Rommel C. Banlaoi 10 August 2020 Introduction Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, terrorist threats worldwide continue unabated.  In fact, international terrorist groups are taking advantage of the pandemic to propagandize, recruit and mount violent attacks.  The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), for example, is currently experiencing a rapid resuscitation as the pandemic isContinue reading “Threats of Violent Extremism and Terrorism in the Philippines Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Opposition to Anti-Terror Law Unjustified, All About Politics

The Manila Times 30 July 2020 Petitions against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 have been piling up at the Supreme Court. Earlier, many of the petitioners and other like-minded people have been engaged in vigorous discussions in various fora, on social media and even in a few protests to air their fears and concerns. TheseContinue reading “Opposition to Anti-Terror Law Unjustified, All About Politics”

Building Philippines-China Relations for the Future During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Ambassador Jose Santiago L. Sta. Romana* 28 July 2020 Introduction The theme of this event is quite apt as we are meeting under very different circumstances. However, it is important that we adapt and adjust so that we may overcome the challenges presented by COVID-19 to the whole of humanity. The current pandemic hasContinue reading “Building Philippines-China Relations for the Future During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Join Hands to Overcome Disruptions and Challenges in the Fast Changing World

by Ambassador Huang Xilian* 27 July 2020 It is my delight to join you on-line to talk about building China-Philippines Relations against the backdrop of COVID-19. First and foremost, I would like to congratulate you on the convening of this very timely and meaningful webinar under the current situation. I would also take this opportunityContinue reading “Join Hands to Overcome Disruptions and Challenges in the Fast Changing World”

China Refuses to Quit on the Philippines

by Derek Grossman* 25 July 2020 When the Filipino people elected Rodrigo Duterte to become their next president in May 2016, China saw a distinct opportunity to pull the longtime U.S. ally away from Washington and into Beijing’s strategic orbit. Avowedly anti-American, President Duterte on his first trip to Beijing in October 2016 exclaimed that it wasContinue reading “China Refuses to Quit on the Philippines”

Hurdling the Adverse State-Civil Society Relation Against Terrorism in Southeast Asia

by Rizal G. Buendia* 22 July 2020 Introduction In the United Nations (UN) Security Council’s meeting in April 2020, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres acknowledged that in spite of the current COVID-19 pandemic, “the threat of terrorism remains alive.” Terrorist groups see a “window of opportunity” to violently attack governments while their attention is turned towardsContinue reading “Hurdling the Adverse State-Civil Society Relation Against Terrorism in Southeast Asia”

China-Philippines Ties See Transformation and Upgrading Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

By Huang Xilian* 21 July 2020 Highlights When #COVID-19 vaccine is developed and put into use, #China will give priority to providing it to the #Philippines as a global public good. As the resumption of work and production proceeds in an orderly manner, there will be more #Chinese cooperative projects in the #Philippines in theContinue reading “China-Philippines Ties See Transformation and Upgrading Amid COVID-19 Pandemic”

Strategy of a Small State with Great Powers: The Philippines Amidst US-China Rivalry in the South China Sea

by Rommel C. Banlaoi, PhD* 9 July 2020 Security tensions in the South China Sea are rising again due to escalating major power rivalry between the United States and China.  The US and China have increased their military presence in the South China by sending their warships to conduct air-sea battle exercises while the wholeContinue reading “Strategy of a Small State with Great Powers: The Philippines Amidst US-China Rivalry in the South China Sea”

Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020: The Urgent Need for Gender-Sensitive Counterterrorism Measures in the Philippines

by Mary Ysabelle Samantha A. Chikiamco* 8 July 2020 Law enforcement authorities stereotypically portray terrorist fighters as weapons-carrying men who are always on the frontlines. They regard women, on the other hand, as passive members, blind supporters, or unfortunate victims of terrorist organizations who are always on the sidelines. This mindset is sadly reinforcing gender-biasedContinue reading “Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020: The Urgent Need for Gender-Sensitive Counterterrorism Measures in the Philippines”

On the New Philippine Anti-Terrorism Law and “the Quest for the Holy Grail”: Towards A Legal Definition of Terrorism

by Soliman M. Santos, Jr* 6 July 2020 President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Republic Act 11479 entitled, “The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” on 3 July 2020. One controversial aspect of this law is the perennial debate on the definition of terrorism. This paper examines the definitional ramification of terrorism from a legal standpoint. Editor TheContinue reading “On the New Philippine Anti-Terrorism Law and “the Quest for the Holy Grail”: Towards A Legal Definition of Terrorism”