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* 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-biased counterterrorism policies thatContinue 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”

New Philippine Anti-Terrorism Law: Fighting Terror to Protect Human Rights

by Rommel C. Banlaoi, PhD* 4 July 2020 Despite continuing public criticisms, President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the new Philippine anti-terrorism law or the Republic Act 11479 on 3 July 2020 to serve as a lawful instrument to fight terror and not to cause terror.  Officially entitled “The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020”, the new lawContinue reading “New Philippine Anti-Terrorism Law: Fighting Terror to Protect Human Rights”

The ASEAN Summit and the South China Sea: Little Has Changed

by Mark Valencia* 2 July 2020 On 26 June, the leaders of the ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held their 36th annual summit by video conference, after the in-person summit scheduled for April was postponed because of Covid-19. The pandemic was the main topic of discussions. But also high on the agenda was theContinue reading “The ASEAN Summit and the South China Sea: Little Has Changed”

Parañaque Raid Against the Abu Sayyaf: Countering Terrorism in the City Amidst the Pandemic

Mary Ysabelle Samantha A. Chikiamco* 1 July 2020 On 26 June 2020,  four alleged Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members were killed in a police raid at Don Bosco district in Parañaque City. Slained suspects were identified as:  1) Merhama Abdul Sawari, female; 2) Bensaudi Sali, male; 3) Rasmin Hussin, male; and, 4) Jamal Kalimming, male.Continue reading “Parañaque Raid Against the Abu Sayyaf: Countering Terrorism in the City Amidst the Pandemic”

Why The Philippines Needs An Anti-Terrorism Law

by Anna Malindog-Uy* 27 June 2020 Introduction It has been three years now since the tragic “Marawi Siege”. But until now, terrorist attacks continue to permeate the Philippines making it hard for the government to secure its citizens from those who persistently seek to attack the lives and the way of life of every Filipino.Continue reading “Why The Philippines Needs An Anti-Terrorism Law”

Addressing the Root Cause of Terrorism: Beyond Duterte’s Proposed New Anti-Terrorism Law

by Lucio Blanco Pitlo II* 24 June 2020 While mayor of Davao, Rodrigo Duterte tolerated the presence of rebel groups so long as they will not bear arms and carry out attacks in his city. It was an uneasy arrangement that was generally observed. Since becoming President of the Philippines, the self-confessed socialist even appointedContinue reading “Addressing the Root Cause of Terrorism: Beyond Duterte’s Proposed New Anti-Terrorism Law”

Terrorism During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Collection of Analyses and Commentaries

To provide ready materials and references on terrorism and COVID-19 pandemic, we collect and share the following analyses and commentaries for appreciation of our readers. We will update this post from time to time to provide our readers timely and useful sources of analyses and commentaries on the topic. Photo Credit: Google Images by PIPVTRContinue reading “Terrorism During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Collection of Analyses and Commentaries”

The VFA and Philippine-American Alliance Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rommel C. Banlaoi, PhD* 21 June 2020 When the Philippine government suspended the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), US Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed his utmost gratefulness to President Rodrigo R. Duterte.  Esper gave his statement during his telephone conversation with his counterpart, Philippine National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, on 12 June 2020. Continue reading “The VFA and Philippine-American Alliance Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic”