President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has promised time and again that he will put an end to all kinds of criminality in the Philippines - including those from the terror groups.
One of the worst and most dangerous forms of criminality in the country is terrorism. Members of various terror groups in the Philippines continuously kidnap, kill and threaten the citizens and tourists of this country. Here are five of the deadliest terror groups that the incoming president should deal with as soon as possible.
1. Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG)
It might be one of the smallest among the groups in this list but it is also considered as the most active and most violent radical Islamic group in the Philippines.
These terrorists engage in bombings, kidnappings, robbery, piracy, assassinations, extortion and beheadings. They recently abducted four people from Davao del Norte -- Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, Filipino Marites Flor, and Canadians Robert Hall and John Risdel. The group has already beheaded the two Canadians and has also threatened to kill the two remaining hostages.
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2. Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)
The MNLF emerged in the early part of the 70s, seeking an independent nation of Islam in Mindanao. The group signed a peace agreement with the government in 1996, which created the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) – five provinces in Mindanao where the predominantly Muslim population have a limited independence.
In 2013, MNLF had a violent standoff with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Zamboanga City, with the terror group using civilians as human shields during their battle.
3. Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)
Considered as the largest radical Islamic group in the country, the MILF separated from the MNLF in 1977 in order to wage a violent war against the government. Like the MNLF, the group also wanted a separate Islamic nation in Mindanao but is now willing to settle for a substate.
The MILF is blamed for the Davao City airport bombing which killed 21 people in 2003. Members of the MILF were also involved in the 2015 Mamasapano clash, which left 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) massacred.
4. New People's Army (NPA)
This group is the military division of the Communist People's Party of the Philippines (CPP). The group uses guerrilla warfare in order to overthrow the Philippine government.
The NPA is known for assassinations, kidnappings, extortion and creating chaos. Its targets include security forces, judges, politicians, informers and its former members. The group has also publicly said that all American soldiers who step foot in the country are its targets.
Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte is currently in the process of making a peace agreement with CPP through its founder Jose Maria Sison.
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5. Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)
This small radical Islamic group is mostly active in Maguindanao, Philippines. The BIFF was formed in 2008 when it split from the MILF due to some ideological and political differences.
The BIFF was involved with the MILF in the 2015 Mamasapano clash which resulted in the deaths of 44 SAF members, 18 MILF members and 5 BIFF members. The AFP responded by launching an all-out attack on the group, killing 100 BIFF members in the process.