Attack In Mindanao: An Act of Terrorism or International Politics?

President Rodrigo Duterte, the President of the Philippines, was forced to declare Martial Law due to the attack in Mindanao on Tuesday, May 22, 2017. The international terrorist group- ISIS- led the attack, who recently made alliance with the country’s local terrorists – Abu Sayyaf.

Is this just an act of terrorism or another political motive? The timing is impeccable.

President Rodrigo Duterte was scheduled to meet President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, May 25, 2017, to strengthen ties with Russia. Both leader share a strong personality, and almost the same point of view when it comes to the use of military power. Before this meeting was finalized, international politics have already been arguing if this alliance will cause an international impact.

Two days before the two Presidents meet, an attack in Mindanao happened. President Duterte was forced to declare martial law and go back to the Philippines. The Filipino people needs his physical presence, and everyone knows that it’s “Country First” when it comes to President Duterte.

Is it all a coincidence?

Abu Sayyaf and ISIS has been throwing threats to the country ever since they made a pact. Suddenly, they decided to attack two days before the awaited Duterte-Putin meeting.

The meeting was scheduled on Thursday. Out of nowhere an attack happened on Tuesday. Forcing President Duterte to leave Russia on Wednesday afternoon. It all happened so fast leaving no room for President Duterte to decide strategically.

What’s the reason behind?

President Rudrigo Duterte has made several political moves that entirely disagrees with the UN. Despite the UN’s criticism, the President still made a strong relationship with Asian Leaders. Now, he is trying to strengthen ties with Russia which the UN disapproves.

These facts will lead us to the conclusion that international politics is somewhat involved in the recent attack in Mindanao. I’m sure the international body has good intentions, if they’re behind this. They are probably trying to stop an international conflict. This involves the unprecedented alliance of Presidents Duterte and Putin.

We cannot know for sure the reason behind all this catastrophe in the Philippines. We all get theories and sometimes false reports to cover something big. What we know is that innocent lives are affected. We also know that terrorism is not just terrorism. It is politics. It is business. When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who dies.


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Disclaimer: This is just one person’s opinion and theory. This does not declare any political fact with regards to the topic.

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