04 Nov '17, 11pm

Islamic State's grip widening in southern Philippines, says MILF leader

CAMP DARAPANAN, Philippines: From the air, Mindanao island in the southern Philippines is a stunning mass of lush greenery surrounded by sparkling blue waters, an unexpected stunning sight. But on the ground, the lush beauty gives way to harsh realities. Mindanao is the poorest region in Philippines. Four out of the top five poorest regions in the Philippines were in Mindanao in 2015, according to the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA). In June this year, Filipino Senator Sherwin Gatchalian was quoted by ABS-CBN News as saying that extremism in the southern Philippines can be traced to poverty and the only way to counter it is by ensuring that families have enough for their basic needs. Insurgencies and armed conflicts have ravaged the island for 40 years, killing more than 100,000 people. The latest large-scale armed conflict was the five-month siege of Marawi city by...

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