Anna Tasnim Basman

Rodrigo Duterte 

What’s Next for Mindanao Peace Process Under Duterte Leadership?

June 1, 2016


In the lead-up to May 9 Philippine elections, anxiety mounted over how the decades-long Bangsamoro peace process to resolve the protracted conflict in Mindanao would continue – if at all – under new leadership. Now, as President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who will be sworn into office on June 30, sets about naming his new cabinet, peace advocates are w… Read more

On May 9, a record-breaking 81.6 percent of Filipino voters went to the polls to elect a new president. Voters line up in Butig Lanao del Sur.  Photo by Derkie Alfonso 

Philippine Elections: Politics and Peace Make Strange Bedfellows

May 18, 2016


On May 9, a record-breaking 81.6 percent of Filipino voters went to the polls to elect a new president. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who ran a tough-talking, polarizing campaign that focused on criminality and promised to instill law and order, won with over 38 percent of the votes. On May 9, a record-breaking 81.6 percent of Filipino voters w… Read more

At the bullet-scarred municipal hall of Butig, where the extremists and the military had an encounter in mid-February, tensions remain due to heavily armed security forces manning the precinct. Photo by Anna Tasnim Basman 

Amid Tensions, Lanao’s Butig Municipality Holds Violence-Free Election

May 11, 2016


In the Philippines, violence has always been an issue of great concern come election time, and May 9 was no exception, especially in Lanao del Sur, one of the five provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao where the risk of violence is compounded by the presence of private armed groups, local conflicts, and loose firearms. At the bullet… Read more

As the campaign period for the May 9 general elections comes to a close, increasing numbers of Bangsamoro peace process advocates are pushing national and local candidates for more explicit statements regarding their strategy in resolving the protracted conflict in Mindanao. Photo/Mar Roxas Facebook page 

Imperatives for Peace Face New President in the Philippines

May 4, 2016


“No administration can afford to ignore the costs of conflict in Mindanao – not the human costs of conflict, the costs of development delayed or foregone, the budgetary and security costs of conflict, nor the risk of worsening a climate conducive to the spread of violent extremism.” This was the latest assessment of the Third Party Monitoring Team… Read more


Bangsamoro Law Deliberations: Déjà Vu All Over Again?

November 4, 2015


The Philippine Congress resumed session this week, and is potentially in its last stretch in deliberating on legislation that would establish the new Bangsamoro Government. In a recent pronouncement, both houses of Congress declared a self-imposed deadline…


Barangay Elections in the Philippines Test Security

November 6, 2013


Five months after the May mid-term national and local elections in the Philippines, nearly 54 million citizens across 42,000 barangays (villages) headed to the polls on October 28 to elect their new barangay chairpersons and councilors.