Meet the Mastermind Behind Muslim Violence in the Philippines

A second month of fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels in a southern Philippine city is turning to a search for a man sought by Manila as well as the United States for his leadership in terrorism over the past 20 years.

Philippine troops believe Isnilon Totoni Hapilon may be hiding in the largely demolished city of Marawi. Troops attacked Marawi May 23 because they feared Hapilon’s historically violent Abu Sayyaf group was forming links with another rebel organization there.

  • The Butterfly

    Forest Whitaker?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    President Duterte has threatened to eat the livers of ISIS terrorists. “Just give me salt and vinegar.”

  • The__Hammer

    I have been in the Philippines, in Manila, the past two months. While Duterte is a polarizing figure here I can say everyone is right behind him on how he is handling this insurgency. He comes from the South and that is his power base. People there are sick of these Islamists, including most Muslims.

    Also, a common theme here is people stating they do not want to be like Europe and just let this stuff happen. Then want to fight.

    The hard part is that this country, especially the southern part, is tailor made for insurgents. It is all mountainous, forest islands — so many islands that they have not all been counted. It also does not help that the terrorists operate in the region where The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia converge.

    Duturte though is making progress. The terrorists are scrambling like never before.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The Muslims are concentrated in central and western Mindanao and the Sulu and Tawi-Tawi islands. Wiping out the fanatics would give a major boost to tourism, since the world’s second largest coral reef bisects the Sulu Sea and is still in pristine condition.

  • I keep saying this: burn the jungle.

    • favill

      But the fucker keeps growing back.