Filippiinit (ent. Mindanao)

Ihan en ymmärtänyt ajatusta? Mutta sopinee paremmin Trump-ketjuun. Tässä on kyse Filippiinien omasta sisäisestä alueellisesta jännitteestä / konfliktista. Tuskin Trump sentään rupeaa käyttämään asevoimaa jenkkilän rajojen sisäpuolella.

Eikä onnistuisikaan koska "Posse Comitatus"-laki.

Poikkeus on kansalliskaarti, mutta epäilen, että kuvernöörit alkaisivat noudattamaan Washingtonin määräyksiä tuosta vain....



Philippine air force OV-10 Bronco light-attack planes have bombed Maute and Abu Sayyaf insurgents – all associated with Islamic State — in the city of Marawi.

The militants seized the city in May 2017. On May 23, Philippine special operations units launched a house-to-house operation to liberate the city. The OV-10s have supported the operation with mostly unguided bombs, dropping their munitions in close proximity to friendly forces.

The 10 Broncos in the Philippine inventory include eight that the United States helped to upgrade to deliver precision-guided weapons. But a shortage of guided weapons compelled Manila to send in the OV-10s with dumb bombs.

OV-10 first flew in July 1965. The U.S. military retired the twin-prop plane in the 1990s, but recently sent two ex-NASA Broncos, with U.S. Navy crews, to the Middle East to test high-tech upgrades to the robust little planes. U.S. Central Command said the upgraded Broncos flew 134 sorties, including 120 combat missions, over a span of 82 days beginning in May 2015.

By mid-June 2017, some 200 militants remained in downtown Marawi. OV-10s and Philippine air force FA-50 jets continued to hit the insurgent holdouts. U.S. Special Operations Forces are reportedly flying small drones over the city to assist Philippine forces.
Panttivankitilanne Filippiineillä – ääri-islamistit hyökkäsivät kouluun
ULKOMAAT JULKAISTU 21.06.2017 13:04

Filippiinien eteläosassa ääri-islamistit ovat hyökänneet kouluun ja ottaneet panttivankeja. Ei ole tiedossa, onko panttivankien joukossa lapsia.

Armeijan mukaan hyökkääjät käyttävät panttivankeja ihmiskilpinä. Hyökkääjien kerrotaan myös asettaneen räjähteitä koulurakennuksen ympärille.

Ääri-islamistit aloittivat hyökkäyksen kylään varhain aamulla. Armeijan mukaan he kuuluvat ryhmään, joka on vannonut uskollisuutta terrorijärjestö Isisille.
Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel “atrocities” could rise sharply as troops retake more ground.

The discovery of the five victims among 17 bodies retrieved would be the first evidence that civilians trapped in besieged Marawi City have been decapitated during the five-week stand by militants loyal to the Islamic State group, as some who escaped the city have previously reported.

Seventy-one security force personnel and 299 militants have been killed and 246,000 people displaced in the conflict, which erupted after a failed attempt on 23 May to arrest a Filipino militant commander backed by Isis’s leadership.
Veikkaanpa, että islamisteja odottaa Duterten joukkojen käsissä vähän kurjempi kohtalo kuin pelkkä mestaus.

Katselin toissa viikolla Netflixiltä sen espanjan filippiinien viimeistä operaatiota käsittelevän filmin ja ei voi muuta todeta kuin että hullua meininkiä. Saarelaisilla on pitkät perinteet suurvaltavastustajien vastutamisessa. ISIS ei tule koskaan voittamaan tuolla. Ainoastaan jos Dutertella lähtee lapasesta ja hän päättää perustaa kuolemanleirejä niin en usko että muslimikansa nousee tuolla heidän armeijakseen. Kahina varmaan jatkuu vielä pitkään. Istuivathan ne espanjan sotilaat siellä kirkossakin vuoden päivät, saaden aikaan yli tuhatpäisen tappiot 10:1 suhteella.
This Friday, June 30, marks one year since the ultra-hardline President Rodrigo Duterte took office in the Philippines, on a pledge to halt the “virulent social disease” of drug abuse.

Officials boast that crime has dropped, thousands have been arrested on drug offenses and a million users have turned themselves in for treatment programs instead of jail. The usual totalitarian rhetoric is employed to justify the price in human lives for this supposed progress—the bloodletting is necessary for the health of the nation.

“There are thousands of people who are being killed, yes,” Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde told Reuters for a one-year assessment of Duterte’s crackdown. “But there are millions who live, see?”

The crackdown’s exact death toll is disputed, with critics placing the figure far above the 5,000 officially recognized as either drug-related killings, or suspects shot dead during police operations. (Some have put the figure of those killed by the police and vigilantes as high as 7,000 or even 8,000.)

Protest is emerging, despite the atmosphere of terror.

“This president behaves as if he is above the law—that he is the law,” Reuters quotes activist priest Amado Picardal, one of the country’s most courageous voices of dissent. “He has ignored the rule of law and human rights.”

Among the upwards of 80,000 arrested under Duterte’s rule are some who have been pretty clearly framed for speaking out against him—most prominently, opposition politician Leila de Lima. She was slapped with dubious drug charges after she held congressional hearings on Duterte’s human rights abuses.

“The promise of eradicating drugs has defined his presidency,” she told Reuters from her prison cell. “It’s actually a sham because they are targeting the wrong people.”

Meaning the low-level dealers rather than the wholesale suppliers. Reuters notes that the price of crystal meth, known in local lingo as shabu, should be rising as less supply hits the streets. Instead, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency‘s own figures show the price of shabu has actually dropped in Manila. In July 2016, the low-end price for a gram of shabu was 1,200 pesos ($24), according to PDEA. As of this May, the figure stood at 1,000 pesos ($2), the agency finds.

“If prices have fallen, it’s an indication that enforcement actions have not been effective,” said Gloria Lai of the International Drug Policy Consortium, a network of non-governmental organizations.

Amid the blood-drenched drug crackdown, Duterte has declared martial law in the southern island of Mindanao, where his security forces are fighting jihadist militants. The battle continues for Mindanao town of Marawi, which was seized by ISIS-linked insurgents in May. Over four days in Marawi, Britain’s Sky News watched the Philippine military carrying out repeated air-strikes on the town, with the residents caught between both sides.

The martial law declaration is particularly controversial, as it invokes memories of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, under whose harsh rule the entire Philippines saw a decade of martial law. The biggest protests against Duterte came on Feb. 25, when thousands took to the streets of Manila to mark the anniversary of the 1986 “People Power Revolution” that brought Marcos down. Among those speaking at the commemoration was former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III—son of the late pro-democracy leader Corazon Aquino, who led the 1986 uprising and later became president herself. Noynoy Aquino made clear that the march was more than an act of remembrance.

“[The] fight is not over if we are not ready to defend our rights,” he said, CNN reported.

But Noynoy himself is a scion of the Philippines’ elite, who was again and again implicated in bloody repression during his term as president. It was the backlash against his oligarchic political class that led to Duterte being elected as a “populist” and “outsider.” This posture won Duterte a lot of good will from the people, and even from the Philippine left. This good will is only now starting to wear thin.

In a bad sign, just after the one-year anniversary of his rule, Dutere announced the appointment of 59 figures from the armed forces and Philippine National Police to head civilian agencies and fill cabinet posts—including some very unsavory figures.

The Philippines Inquirer says that among the incoming officials are a National Police intelligence officer convicted for the abduction of a foreigner but eventually acquitted by the Supreme Court. Many of them are from Mindanao, or were assigned to Davao City. That’s the Mindanao city where Duterte served as mayor for 22 years, and oversaw anti-drug death squads in what proved a dry run for his presidency.
Muistaakseni Kiinahan oli osittain syypää tähän ja esim. Kandan ja USA:n opioidikriisiin. Vaikka fentanylin valmistus ja vienti on nyt pannassa, ei tämä tarkoita Kiinan korruptoituneessa järjestelmässä mitään.
Nämä poimittu washington postin kiinanmeren konfliktia käsittelevästä artikkelista

U.S. and Philippine navy ships have patrolled waters in the southern Philippines where kidnappings by ransom-seeking Abu Sayyaf militants have sparked a regional security alarm.

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Arlo Abrahamson said a Navy combat ship, the USS Coronado, and the Philippine navy frigate BRP Ramon Alcaraz completed the four-day patrol at the Sulu Sea on Saturday, adding that the operation was carried out at the request of the Philippine government.

The coordinated patrol, which was aimed at detecting and deterring threats, “was safe and routine,” Abrahamson said.

Abu Sayyaf gunmen have kidnapped crewmen from Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam on board passing tugboats and cargo ships and held them for ransom on southern Sulu and outlying islands in recent years. The Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to take steps to deter and stop the threats in the busy waters.



China’s foreign minister told his Philippine counterpart Thursday that Beijing is ready to provide more aid to the Southeast Asian country, as ties between the former antagonists continue to improve.

Beijing last week donated emergency aid, sniper rifles and other weaponry to help the Philippine military drive out Muslim rebels who overran the southern city of Marawi.

At a news conference Thursday in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the sides would “continue to improve our mutual trust and control our differences so as to maintain the peace and stability of the South China Sea.”

Separately, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian appeared to indicate that the shipment of arms delivered on Wednesday was only a start.
Filippiinit: Muslimeille erillinen henkilökortti

Perjantai 7.7.2017 klo 15.46

Poliisi uskoo henkilökorttien auttavan terrorismin vastaisessa taistelussa.

Vuosikymmeniä jatkunut konflikti räjähti jälleen väkivaltaiseksi - voiko koko Filippiinit ajautua sisällissotaan?

Paikallisviranomaiset haluavat tuhansille muslimikansalaisille erillisen henkilökortin Luzonin alueella maan pohjoispuolella. Henkilökortit ovat jo käytössä Paniquin kaupungissa.

Paikallisen poliisin mukaan henkilökortit helpottaisivat terroristien seulomista muusta muslimiväestöstä.

- Haluamme henkilökortit käyttöön kaikilla muslimivaltaisilla alueilla, poliisiylitarkastaja Aaron Aquino sanoi poliisin, armeijan ja paikallisten poliitikkojen välisessä tapaamisessa. Tapaamiseen osallistui myös 200 muslimien uskonnollista johtajaa, joista osa piti henkilökorttien käyttöönottoa varteenotettavana.

Ihmisoikeusjärjestö Human Rights Watch tuomitsee ehdotuksen ja sanoo satunnaisten muslimijohtajien tuen olevan yhdentekevää ihmisoikeuksien kannalta.

- Erillisten henkilökorttien vaatiminen on tarkoitettu rangaistukseksi muslimeille Marawin kiristyneestä tilanteesta, järjestö sanoi tiedotteessaan.

Konflikti Isisille uskollisuutta vannovien militanttien ja armeijan välillä Marawissa Filippiinien eteläosassa on jatkunut kaksi kuukautta. Presidentti Rodrigo Duterte on julistanut alueelle sotatilan.

Lähteet: The Guardian, CNN

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Legislators in the Philippines have voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law to deal with an Islamist insurgency in the restive island of Mindanao.

Militants linked to so-called Islamic State have been occupying parts of Marawi, a city in the south, since May.

President Rodrigo Duterte said the extension was necessary to crush the insurgency, but his critics say it is part of a wider power grab.

Mindanao is home to a number of Muslim rebel groups seeking more autonomy.

Martial law allows the use of the military to enforce law and the detention of people without charge for long periods.

It is a sensitive issue in the Philippines, where martial law was imposed by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos for much of his rule.