Danger Zone – Mindanao

The next episode of Danger Zone takes Ariglit Boonyai to southern Philippines where there there has been an armed conflict brewing between the Abu Sayyaf group and the Philippines army. The Abu Sayyaf group is a breakaway group from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) which fought for autonomy decades ago. The Abu Sayyaf group indulges in kidnappings mainly nowadays for ransom monies. Boonyai was unable to meet any of the Abu Sayyaf rebel leaders but he did manage to speak with one kidnapped victim who returned but she was obviously too scared to speak anything openly. As recently as 2019 the Abu Sayyaf group bombed a cathedral in Jolo so they are very much active on the group with weapons. Now the MNLF is also against the Abu Sayyaf group because of their human rights abuses. Jolo, Mindanao & Zambaonga are the hotspots where militancy is rampant.

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