Terrorism In The Philippines

Cotabato City in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao seems to be having more than its fair share of terrorist actions of late.  It started in December of last year and the militants seem to be targeting Christians.  From memory, I remember bombs or grenades going off during the Christmas season.

Today a bomb went off in a cathedral in Cotabato City.  The blast killed five and injured at least 29 others.  About 12 hours before that a motor exploded in a nearby Barangay and a second device was found unexploded.  That shell Cotabato Citywas safely detonated by the Philippine military.

The President Palace responded with “leave no stone unturned” in the hunt for those that brought about these attacks.  These attacks may have been meant to derail negotiations between the Moro Islamic Liberation Foundation and the Philippines government that are expected to resume this month.  A presidential spokesman said it will not have the desired effect.

This doesn’t seem like a productive path to me either.  What sympathy they might get from the Philippine people is lost because of acts like this and it taints all of Islam.

If you’re planning on traveling to Cotabato City, I would recommend you don’t.  If you do though, you need to do a lot of research before hand.  There would have to be a compelling reason for me to go to Cotabato City or any place west of the city.

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