Amidst President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs, ISIS has infiltrated the Philippines and begun to wreak havoc. As world news continues to focus the struggles of the Donald Trump presidency, these acts of terrorism by the Islamic have gone relatively unnoticed. In this article, I’ll explain why ISIS is in the Philippines and keep you up to date on exactly what they are doing.
Why Is ISIS In The Philippines?
The main reason why ISIS is in the Philippines is because the central goal of the terrorist organization is to extend their presence to “all eastern and western extents of the Earth, filling the world with the truth and justice of Islam…” However, to get a more specific context, we need to examine where ISIS is in the Philippines.
In Marawi, where the presence of ISIS in the Philippines is most prominent, the population is over 99% Muslim and practices a form of Sharia (Islamic Law) that complies with the laws of the Philippines. It should come as no surprise that a sect of the Muslims in Marawi could be recruited to join ISIS. From there, the presence of ISIS in the Philippines could quickly spread because Marawi is the largest city in Lanao del Sur.
The Islamic State also thrives in areas where fear is widespread, which certainly applies to the Philippines. President Duterte’s extreme war on drugs — which has included killing drug crime offenders from addicts to cartel members — has left many citizens in fear as homicide victims lie dead in the streets.
What Is ISIS Doing In The Philippines?
ISIS started making serious gains in the Philippines in the middle of May, when Islamic terrorists began killing dozens of civilians in Marawi.
In response, President Duterte declared martial law — a form of government controlled by the military where ordinary laws are suspended — for the island of Mindanao, the home of 22 million citizens including those in Marawi. Duterte’s order is set to last sixty days, but could be extended if violence continues.
So far, violence has escalated since Duterte’s declaration of martial law. ISIS militants have taken over a hospital, set fire to many houses and buildings, and kidnapped hundreds of hostages who are being psychologically tortured and may be executed if the Philippines military continues fight.
ISIS In The Philippines: A Tragedy That Needs More Coverage
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Objective News Report will update this article daily as more news breaks from the Philippines. This article was last updated on June 1, 2017.