Three years after Marawi Siege: Coming to Terms with a Horrific, Unimaginable Ordeal

by Fr. Teresito L. Soganub 24 May 2020 I am Fr. Chito, survivor of the Marawi siege in 2017. This is my recollection of that fateful day three years ago, when war broke out in the city and I was taken hostage by local followers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). ItContinue reading “Three years after Marawi Siege: Coming to Terms with a Horrific, Unimaginable Ordeal”

Marawi Three Years After the Siege

23 May 2017 – 23 May 2020 23 May 2020 marks the third year of Marawi Siege. To commemorate this event, we are pleased to share the following knowledge products to continue raising our awareness and understanding of many issues associated with it: Photo Credit: Marawi City during one of the airstrikes carried out byContinue reading “Marawi Three Years After the Siege”

China’s Economic Reopening in the Pandemic Era

by Commercial Section, Chinese Embassy in Manila Foreword: At present, the improved situation of COVID-19 prevention and control in China has been further consolidated, as we have changed from the emergency respond mode to the normalized prevention and control mode, while accelerating restoration of normal daily life and actively promoting resumption of work and production. As the community quarantine measures areContinue reading “China’s Economic Reopening in the Pandemic Era”

Terrorism Financing Continues Unabated During the Covid 19 Pandemic

by Amparo Pamela Fabe* 20 May 2020 While the COVID-19 situation unfolded, globally resulting in overwhelmed health systems and imposing a heavy drain in economic resources of developing countries, terrorism financing has increased among pro-Islamic State (IS) terror groups in Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, IS-linked terror groups have conducted first transactions in cryptocurrencies. ThisContinue reading “Terrorism Financing Continues Unabated During the Covid 19 Pandemic”

A New Era of Partnership –The Chinese Enterprises Join Hands with the Filipino People in Fighting the Pandemic*

by Huang Xilian* 19 May 2020 China and the Philippines are friendly neighbors. There are many Chinese enterprises operating in the Philippines. In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines, the Chinese enterprises have worked vigorously to fulfill their social responsibilities and contributed to the Philippine’s fight against the pandemic. They have becomeContinue reading “A New Era of Partnership –The Chinese Enterprises Join Hands with the Filipino People in Fighting the Pandemic*”

Terrorism in the Southern Philippines and Sabah During COVID-19 Pandemic

by Rommel C. Banlaoi 1 May 2020 When the Philippine government declared on 16 March 2020 the entire Luzon of Northern Philippines under “enhanced community quarantine”, a subtle term for a total lockdown, in order to deal with the COVID-19 infection, terrorist activities in Mindanao of the Southern Philippines  remained unabated.  Though local governments extendedContinue reading “Terrorism in the Southern Philippines and Sabah During COVID-19 Pandemic”

COVID-19 Threat and Terrorism: How Pandemics Can Change Our Counterterrorism Narrative

by Rommel C. Banlaoi 30 April 2020 COVID-19 has claimed more lives than the September 11, 2001 (9/11) terrorist attacks.  As of 30 April 2020,  COVID-19 has caused the death of around 220,000 individuals worldwide with a global infection of more than three million persons affecting at least 100 countries and territories.  The Philippine governmentContinue reading “COVID-19 Threat and Terrorism: How Pandemics Can Change Our Counterterrorism Narrative”