Fighters from the CPP-NPA communist insurgents in formation in the Philippines in 2017. Photo: EPA
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
Opinion

Opinion

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

The Philippines needs Duterte’s anti-terror bill, but addressing roots of extremism means going beyond its text

  • The country’s fight against armed insurgents has for decades cost lives, hamstrung development and diverted military resources
  • While strengthening the Philippine posture in battling terrorism is vital, the bill’s overreliance on draconian measures could backfire
Fighters from the CPP-NPA communist insurgents in formation in the Philippines in 2017. Photo: EPA
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