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

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III is a research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, fellow at the University of the Philippines Korea Research Centre, lecturer at the Chinese Studies Programme at Ateneo de Manila University, and contributing editor (Reviews) for the Asian Politics & Policy Journal.