Is ISIS in the Philipines? Well the answer isn’t that simple. Violence erupted on the island of Mindanao last fall and martial law has been declared. A Muslim militia group known as the ‘Maute’,raided a prison in August, freeing 23 inmates. The group was linked to the September 2016 bombing of president Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown, Davao city. 14 people were killed in the blast. And then in May, the Maute began taking over the city of Marawi, killing Christians and raising the ISIS flag.
Jose Calida, Philippine Solicitor General “What is happening in Mindanao is no longer a rebellion of Filipino citizens.” It has transmogrified into invasion by foreign terrorists. Thousands have fled their homes since the fighting began. The media has been quick to let ISIS take responsibility for the escalating violence.But in reality this conflict could have been avoided decades ago.
you see, Mindanao– the island where all of this taking place was never really a part of the Philippines. When world war II ended, the U.S. gave the Philippines its sovereginity an annexed Mindanao in the agreement. The island has always been home to a minority Muslim population or Moros as they are called. And this group has been rallying for its own state since the 1970s. The two decades saw a series of collapsed peace deals between the Moros and the Philippine government. And as time passed militias began to form, including the Maute, the militia group were talking about today. The pledge their allegiance to ISIS in 2015.