Marawi Siege: Testing the Philippines’ Anti-Terror Law

10 years after the law’s passage, the violence in Mindanao highlights legal weaknesses.

Written by Chester Cabalza, published on June 2, 2017 at

In the southern Philippines, government security troops, led by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, in search of the most-wanted militant Isnilon Hapilon clashed with extremists affiliated with the Islamic State-linked Maute Group and the Abu Sayyaf Group. A week later, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana disclosed that around 500 Islamist terrorists had fought in Marawi City. Over a hundred deaths have been tallied and thousands of internally displaced people fled ground zero during the siege.

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