Philippines VS ISIS
Several of the key terrorist groups in Indonesia, specifically in the southern area of the country, have pledged their allegiance to the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS). Because of fighters returning from fighting in the Middle East, there has been increasing conflict in the Philippines and in other Southeast Asian countries. For example in Marawi, a city of about 200,000 people, has been caught in the cross fire between the Philippine government and the terrorists. Over this past week over a hundred people have been killed. There have been similar incidents in Malaysia and Indonesia from increasing ISIS supporters. President Duterte, who has had a very questionable involvement in combating the drug trade in the Philippines, is considering to declare a state of emergency because of the terrorism in southern part of Philippines. It will be interesting to see how the Philippines will deal with the terrorism and ISIS presence in the country. Also, how the surrounding countries will choose to interfere with combating ISIS.