Murder complaints were filed against 18 suspected members of Abu Sayyaf for an attack in July while 25 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters were charged for an explosion in August.
Considered one of Asia's longest running conflicts, decades of fighting between various rebel groups and the Philippine government has claimed the lives of 120,000 people and displaced another 2 million. However hopes for peace was raised in 2014 when a peace deal was signed between the country's largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which aims to establish a more powerful autonomous region for Muslims in the south of the largely Catholic nation. However, a few hundred breakaway rebels have vowed to continue fighting, while an Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group also remains active in the southern Philippines, kidnapping foreigners and local traders. Aside from the Muslim insurgency, there is ongoing conflict between communist rebels and government forces, while violent clan feuds are also a security concern in the south.