Indonesian National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) has warned that a lack of concerted efforts in fighting the proliferation of Islamic State (IS) ideology has resulted in an unprecedented rise in the number of Indonesians slipping away to Syria and Iraq to fight for the group.
By Julie Alipala
At least six civilians were wounded in the cross fire of a battle between government soldiers and Abu Sayyaf bandits in Al Barka, Basilan, on Thursday.
The military said three Abu Sayyaf men were killed and eight wounded, while the government suffered seven wounded, including an officer.
By Allan Nawal
The military on Thursday confirmed that four soldiers were killed while two others have been taken captive by communist rebels in Bukidnon and Davao del Norte this week.
Up to 50,000 children are displaced every year by armed conflicts in the Philippines, according to the highest ranking official in the country of a United Nations agency working for the welfare of children worldwide.
By Julie M. Aurelio
A joint interagency task group has been formed to oversee security preparations for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s informal senior officials’ meeting next week in Albay.