Whoa ! I didn’t know ! Damn ! !



Check out these videos.  I didn’t know the situation was that bad in the Philippines !


But before that,  let me tell you a few facts.


a)  The Philippines is  90% Christian,  about 85% are Roman Catholics. Only 3%  are Muslims.


b)  These 3% Muslims are confined in Mindanao, the 3rd largest island in the Philippines,  ( the country is comprised of 7, 600 islands ) .  The Muslims  want to  dismember the country by trying to separate Mindanao  from the rest of the country……. the Philippines  is even smaller than California in terms of area.  The fact is , even Mindanao is 90%  Christian.  However,  in the 70’s ,  they were given  an Autonamous  political concession in 5 regions,  Jolo, Basilan,  Lanao del Sur, and 2 others.  They can have their own holydays there, but  they cannot kill a family member for marrying a non-Muslim or worse, converting to another religion.  Their laws are still under the laws of the land.


c)  The world doesn’t know this, but the longest Muslim-Christian civil war  that is  on-going  is in the Philippines,  more than 40 years, going on 50.  It started in 1970 when a group of rebels and terrorists started their reign of terror.  Since then , there have been  thousands of clashes between the rebels and government forces .  Fortunately, the clashes are confined  in their area, the 5 autonomous regions.  The Philippine soldiers  , though ill – equipped compared to other coutries’,  are  hardened  soldiers.


In May, 2017,  a group of terrorists, Abu Sayaff (  rebel/criminal/ terrorist / bandit group that  kidnap for ransom  )  and the Maute group  combined their forces and tried to take over Marawi City (  a city in Mindanao  that is 98% Muslim, with a population of 200,000 )  and establish a Caliphate, or an Islamic State.    Filipinos are like, seriously?

The Philippine soldiers,  however , are trained in jungle warfare ,not urban warfare.  The terrorists  are  highly equipped, with seemingly endless ammunitions.  This is the soldiers ‘ first time to fight room to room, house to house, alley to narrow alley , building to building, one structure at a time.  It is an urban warfare, and a war between snipers.  Though the government forces are careful  not to involve civilians and hostages (   the terrorists and bandits use women and children  as shields ) the government forces   finally decided  on air firepower to flush the terrorists out .  Ground firefight without firepower from above , you see,  is painfully slow.


Here’s the video from Philippine Special Forces Command.  The government won, of course,  but to be honest, nobody won.  Marawi  City lay in ruins,  more than 150 soldiers died, thousands more wounded,  more than a thousand  terrorists killed (  including foreign terrorists from Indonesia and Malaysia ) and   civilians. Guys, I’ve never seen  an urban warfare before, not even of videos from    Iraq and Syria.  I’m sure you haven’t either, so please watch this.  Just 8 minutes of your precious time.  I’m sure the US Armed Forces and other countries have watched this too. How to, or not how to.


Another one from the embedded media. ( HBO’s Vice ) I find this one more interesting.



I’m speechless.


( ._. “)


What else can I say ?  Merry Christmas, folks.  Peace to all of you.







69 responses to this post.

  1. I didn’t know this either, it sheds a different light on your amazing country.
    Merry Christmas to you too, I hope it’s peaceful ☺️


  2. Wow that’s crazy and so sad.


    • I know ! ! ! It’s like the movies, right ? In the Middle East , all we see are airstrikes, but this one is mind blowing. Street to street fighting. Sweet Mary.


  3. Man this really goes to show that apparently some things are not considered important, while they truly are. It’s great of you to shed some light on this. I hope you will be okay yourself, and I wish you a peaceful and Merry Christmas nonetheless 😀


    • here’s the thing, Raistlin, everywhere else is so peaceful. These footages even caught my parents by surprise, even though they know encounters and skirmishes between government forces and Muslim terrorists are happening over there in the southernmost part of the Philippines .

      They’re stupid though if they think they can establish a Caliphate in the Philippines.


      • It really was quite shocking, and that’s what I meant when I said it just doesn’t seem to matter because you hear nothing over here about it on the news. And that’s just really sad and depressing. I really hope everyone in your country will be allright, yourself included, and that these terrorist will be kicked out of your beautiful homeland as soon as possible.


        • I was shocked myself, though I had heard about it from my parents, but didn’t bother to watch any news about it. My parents didn;t bother either, so they were as shocked as I was when we finally got to see footages of the war.


      • Posted by Stevon Brock on December 15, 2017 at 7:24 pm

        I did not realize that Muslim terrorist were in Manila,are they trying to establish a Caliphate?


  4. I don’t know that there’s any light at the end of any tunnel we look in . . . ideas are difficult to fight because the people that hold them have to come to realize that theirs is a losing battle, but when they think that dying is a great honor and gets them a reward in the afterlife . . . well, it’s why I’m not a fan of religion; any religion.

    I can’t even imagine the mindset of someone professing to be religious but willing to use a child as a shield and seeing that as doing their god’s work.


    • Disperser, do you know where the word AMOK comes from ? Like, running amok ? From the Muslims of Mindanao. Some crazy Muslin would run amok in the street to kill a Christain so they could go to heaven with 37 virgins ?????? Even the American soldiers then who were trying to pacify Mindanao had an extremely difficult time of ruling them.


    • I hope I didn’t come across as if I was defending them.

      Also, I’m very familiar with the tenets of many religions, so none of that is new to me.

      But, amok has an Indonesian origin and is not necessarily associated with any particular spiritual belief. One should be careful when applying it to ISIS because it implies someone who loses control of their senses (as in being possessed by evil spirits) and are in an uncontrolled murderous rage.

      ISIS members are fervent believers, but they are perfectly lucid (it’s what makes them exceedingly dangerous). They are deliberate in their actions and in control of their faculties.


      • No, you didn’t come across as if you were defending them.

        Amok as an Indonesian word is not surprising. The Filipino word for Thank You is Salamat…… Indonesian is Selamat. There are so many Filipino words that are Indonesian and Malay in origin. The ancient Filipinos were after all Indonesians and Malays. But the Americans in the Philippines were the ones who associated amok with the Moslem Filipinos, and they did always ran amok and stabbed Christians ( and maybe Americans then ) in the streets. The Americans also learned that BUNDOK was mountain, …..which later became boondocks. The mountain people were called taong bundok by Filipinos. The Ameicans called them people from the bundoks , then later spelled as boondocks.


  5. It is very sad to see though, of course, the reality is much deeper and more complex than this seems on surface level. I think the majority of Muslims living in the Philippines are law-abiding and peaceful but they have also suffered a great deal. It is where there are injustices that extremists like ISIS are able to get a foothold and exacerbate things. No one, not even the majority of Muslims, want them; but when you feel like you’re being abused, then anyone who offers a way to fight appears good.


    • That’s the thing , DKPowell, they are not abused in the Philippines. Filipinos are very tolerant of other religions. Not one of them can complain Christians are abusing them. I can say that with 100% certainty. But they are the ones who want to separate from the country . I mean, the idealogues who want to practice their extreme beliefs that have no place in a civilized world. In fact , most of them have migrated to other parts of the country, mostly to Manila where they can live as Filipinos, where no extremist can harass them .


      • But that’s not entirely true. Here are just a few articles from various sources (including The Guardian -which is just about as a good as it gets for a source) which indicate that there has been rising discontent which finds its (modern) origins in the Marcos years. There is distrust and islamophobia and encroaching Christian groups on the Muslim areas. I’m not saying anything is right or wrong but simply observing the fact that no group in the world ever heads towards uprising without there being some genuine concern and complaint feeding it in the background. Such discontent is what ISIS uses to infiltrate otherwise peaceful communities. Where communities have no fears or troubles, ISIS has no foothold.





        • Marcos regime…… it was an era of chaos and mayhem. The Muslims weren’t the only ones that suffered, DK Powell. Everyone suffered. There was poverty all over. Because of this, the armed rebel group NPA ( New People’s Army ,and Christians, by the way, and some led by Catholic priests ) was formed , and fought the Marcos regime and still do, to this day. The Muslim groups were funded by Libya while the NPA had Communist China . The NPA wanted justice for the poor, the sacadas ( plantation workers ), etc., while the Muslims wanted to have a separate state , have always wanted to, to this day. In other words, their end goals were as different as night and day.


          • Sure, everyone suffered. But the Muslims still feel that the attitudes against them then are still in some kind of existence now. In history, Muslims only ever feel the need for their own state when they believe themselves in danger – India 1947 being the obvious example. Otherwise, they live in peace like any other community. I’m pretty certain that most Muslims in the Philippines are peaceful and just as horrified by the ISIS effect in their community. But they have real concerns that their area is being eroded away by non-Muslim communities. Surely it is natural to want your land protected in such circumstances?


            • ” But they have real concerns that their area is being eroded away by non-Muslim communities. Surely it is natural to want your land protected in such circumstances ? ”

              And that, my friend , is the crux of the matter.

  6. Oh I should add that Muslims make up about 6-11% of the population and not 3% according to the most reliable figures!


    • Maybe 6 % at most. That would be 6 M from the country’s population of ~ 100,000,000. Marawi City, the largest Muslim city in the Philippines, where 98% are Muslims, has a population of 200,000 to 350,000. 200 ,000 moved out as refugees during the siege, and practically just a few thousands stayed behind in the city. That’s how I assumed what the population is. And take note , it is the largest Muslim city in that area.


      • That’s by official Government reporting but governments – particularly in Asia – are notorious for under-reporting. According to a 2012 estimate by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) there were 10.7 million Muslims, or approximately 11 percent of the total population at the time. Either way – much higher than your reported figure!


        • The population of the Philippines is over 100,000,000, DK Powell. No matter if there are more of them , it still isn’t right to dismember a country or wreak havoc because of religion. They can do that to any non-Muslim countries where there is a growing number of Muslim population. We don’t have to look far and wide to other parts of the world… look at England and France.


          • I’m not quite sure what you mean there at the end. Can you explain that differently?


            • I’m not sure what I mean by that, either. What I’m sure of is, I’m referring to extremists ( of any religion ) and not the peace-loving Muslims that just go about their everyday business. To be honest, I was a bit disturbed by your statement that it is their right to defend the area if they feel it is being eroded by non-Muslim communities. I “m not sure what you mean by that. By ” being eroded ” , does it mean culturally ? Or physically, like they’re being pushed back physically from their land by non-Muslim Filipinos ? Does it mean , no non – Muslim can own a land , house, business in places where they predominate ? And if, in their minds, their area is being eroded, is it their right to physically ( and I assume violently ) fight against this invasion of their space ?

              I don’t like the idea that the number of Muslims in the Philippines, whether it’s 3% , 6% or 11 % , has any bearing on what’s happening in the Philippines. I don’t like to think the implication of this, just like what happened to India, and Bangaladesh. And I think this is what I mean by my statement about France and England.

            • I do not mean, obviously, that anyone has a right to use terrorism or any form of violence to get a result they desire. You ought to know that from my writings over the years. I also did not say they have any ‘right to defend an area’. What I said was that when you have a minority community which feels scared and nervous about it’s position in wider society, it is reasonable to see that they might be alarmed to see people outside of that community beginning to take that area away from them.

              In Bangladesh, for instance, the Chakma people of the Chittagong area lost huge amounts of their land because Bengalis (they are ALL Bangladeshis supposedly) wanted the land. They had legal rights stripped from them and every year more and more land is taken off them. It is understandable that sometimes this erupts into violence (though that does NOT mean I think it justified – merely that I feel sad for their plight and understand how those under pressure feel). Similarly, in the 1970s, Asian immigrants to Britain found themselves squeezed into ghettos because we white British people didn’t want them and subjected them to horrendous racism. We too stripped them of assets and tried to move them out of ‘nice’ areas. Again, sometimes, this erupted into violence. I don’t condone it, but I understand why it happened.
              I do not condone violence of any sort – neither extremism nor state-sanctioned violence by authorities. But I do know that where uprisings occur there are always ALWAYS reasons behind them which are to do with injustice of some sort. There’s not a place in the world where this is not true.

              The point about their population density was one of accuracy firstly but also that once a minority population reaches a certain level there’s a tipping point where abuses are no longer taken meekly and where militant voices start to be taken notice of. I suspect that’s what has happened here. The solution is always to engage in communication with communities rather than to squash them further. I don’t think the martial law the Muslims were put under helped any – I do hope it is lifted now!

              I still have no idea what you mean by France and England though – what bearing do they have on this?

            • My parents had discussed this lengthily, and I asked them if the Muslim Filipinos were stripped off their assets ( homes, land, etc ) and they said no, no, no, didn;t happen. The Nazis did that to the Jews, and the US to the Japanese and sent them to internment camps. The thing the Muslim Filipinos resented was the presence of Christians who were able to buy lands in Mindanao , settle nicely, put up businesses and multiply. Also, the most progressive and modern cities in Mindanao , like Davao City, Zamboanga, General Santos, etc. are predominantly Christian, but have significant number of Muslims .

              Another thing that Muslim Filipinos resent is what they call ” imperial Manila ” . They feel Manila, the seat of government, has forgotten them. However , we know that good governance depends on the leaders of their area. The islands of Cebu in the Visayas region, for example, are very modern and can even compare their cities to Manila.

              This is the problem of modern society. Some sectors of society feel neglected , their plight ignored by the government. This problem will never disappear.

  7. please watch and share


    • Thanks ! I’ve seen most of the videos on Marawi City. I chose the two videos for greater impact on readers’ consciousness ( faster action ) , although , of course , we know some parts have been censored. ^^”


  8. Damn… I’d feel right at home there… 80% of the people in my city are job less and on social security well fare… so the level of violence is so bad in certain parts that the bought the national guard in… witch is making things way worse…. All the good people of the Philippines! Your all in my prayers!


    • 80% ? That is so messed up ! Where is that ?


      • Baltimore city Maryland


        • All this time, I thought Baltimore was in New York….. or maybe , I was actually thinking of Brooklyn ? I’ve always been directionally challenged. lol


          • Hahahaha! Naw Ren… you good! But in south baltimore city we do have a area called Brooklyn… but that area is wild as hell… don’t no outta towners or college kids go up town… they stay out in the county or they stay in the inner harbor part or by Johns Hopkins University. Its litterally like a border from haves and fucked ups… Down town…. a.k.a the safe zones….

            Baltimore city is 90% african american and 10% other… the only time white people or other ethnicity come around my are is when they comming to buy drugs or they are police..

            I’m just keeping it real….


  9. Hello Ren,

    Long time to visit to your site.

    I think there are more than 3% Muslim Filipinos. There are more or less 10M to 12M of them here in the whole country so roughly 10-12%. I am now in a Muslim region so I know. I even learned some Arabic. I encountered some revolutionary leaders, mostly MILF, and they believe in the country’s democratic solution to the Bangsamoro’s complex problem. And the Maute clan, oh my… they are already a big headache before the Marawi siege. They are like a big Mafia there. And when they got the funding from the ISIL, poor civilians, you already knew what happened.

    During the Marawi crisis, we saw some evacuees fleeing here towards their relatives and/or to the airport. I have a teacher friend from Marawi who was not able to sleep during the night when the crisis started. Even if we are 4 hours away from Marawi, we felt anxious and vigilant and I wrote a little bit about that in one of my blog posts.

    There is a fear here in the city that we are the next to experience what Marawi had experienced. There are rumors that some remnants of the Maute group are recruiting some members here. But so far, nothing’s happening. But that doesn’t mean we’ll stay relaxed. Security is still heightened. We are still under Martial Law here. So far, I haven’t heard any human rights violation in the city. Surprisingly, there are no drug-related EJKs happening here in the city. But still, we’ll be vigilant.

    In this Advent season, please include the people of Mindanao in your prayers.

    Advanced Merry Christmas Ren,
    Br. Allen


    • Merry Christmas din sa’yo , Brother Allen.

      I guess my parents were wrong about the population of Muslims in the Philippines. We weren’t even updated on the latest population of the country. As late as 2 years ago or so, we thought the population over-all was 70 M , and were greatly surprised it is now over 100 M. Aaargh. Does the country have enough landfill for garbage ? California which is larger than the Philippines has a population of 37M. ( just my environmental concern… (._.”) )

      We didn’t know the Maute group acts like a Mafia in that part of the Philippines. Well, that figures.

      Tell me, are the Muslims being abused by ” imperial Manila? ” My opinion is , a resounding NO ! The problem though is the people there feel they are being neglected economically. But we can’t say that is true. There are so many cities there , like Davao City and General Santos that can compare with other progressive cities in other parts of the country. Everything depends on how a city is run by the leaders. Who will invest in such a troublesome area where there are ” clan ” killings are a daily occurence , and the leaders can’t do anything about it ? Take Detroit here in the US. It’s been run down by the city government, and now people are abandoning and going to other states . There are places in LA that are being run by ” gangs. ” In other words, things like this happen everywhere.

      Anyway, take care , Bro. Allen .


      • In Metro Manila alone, it’s 16M. There are many Mindanaoan Muslims who venture in Metro Manila for work, business, and education. There are some regions, for example Jolo where Abu Sayyaf are staying, who rejects their identity as Filipinos. They are like, “I’m not a Filipino, that’s Tagalog. I’m Tausug.” I’m happy that doesn’t happen here in Cotabato City. Business are booming here just like in Cagayan de Oro or Zamboanga City.

        I don’t think Imperial Manila really exists. It’s just our type of national government is Manila-centric. In between Marcos and before Duterte, our were from Luzon. Of course, their focus would be different. Corruption and poverty doesn’t exist if you don’t see it. The Mindanao problem worsened because of neglect. Spaniards called inhabitants of Mindanao as Moros. Except Zamboanga region, it was practically untouched by imperial Spain. Then the Americans came, they barely cared about Mindanao. When the Japanese came to Mindanao particularly in Davao, it was because they were infiltrating before the war. They posed as workers only to find out they were spies and soldiers. After the war, all Japanese were deported from PH. But that was the thing in the past. During the time of Cory, the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao was created. Nur Misuari of the MNLF had his chance but he too was a corrupt fellow. He wasted his opportunity to transform this region. Cotabato City is unique because though we are in the middle of ARMM, we belong to Region 11 which includes General Santos City. I am happy that we are a democratic country but the way our leaders run and how our president speaks, I can’t help but be frustrated with our politicians in general. But I know all people are flawed so what’s new?

        Ang Maute, pinulot nga sila sa kangkungan. They were picked up from where kangkong (water spinach) grows—the muddy ditches. That happens when people don’t think about what they are doing. The siege have been prevented before it even happened. The Maute clan already pledged allegiance to ISIS a year ago before the siege happened. Even Duterte acknowledged it. But they ignored it. See this: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/28/16/isis-now-connected-with-maute-group-duterte.

        In that span of time, our national security should have anticipated what they were planning. Sadly, they ignored the signs.


    • PS

      Bro. Allen , my mother said ” ” so what happened to these terrorists ? PINULAT SILA SA KANGKUNGAN . ” I don’t know exactly what that means. My parents explained that’s what happens to failed endeavors. They would be picked off muddy ditches.


  10. All credit to the Filipino forces they went in and got it done in a short amount of time. It is a shame that the muslims see themselves as a seperate group and not as citizens of The Philippines, such is life I suppose but I hope that the ongoing problems in Indonesia don’t spell more trouble in the years to come. On a side note, I hope you have a happy Christmas if I don’t see you before the big day.


    • Yay , Ste J ! ! Congratulations to you and future Filipina wife Crissy ! ! ! And you’re immigrating to the Philippines ! I hope this post doesn’t make you a bit anxious.. Well, you’ve been to the Philippines, so you know it’s not like that, AT ALL.


      • Happy Ste J, thank you! I was there when it was going on, it was 1000km from Manila I believe which was something of a relief. Having said that, that sort of thing could happen anywhere these days. What I saw was certainly different and I couldn’t resist going back and wanting to stay.


    • So happy for you . The traffic in the Philippines, though. Ha ha ha !


  11. I will keep your family in my prayers! I have not forgotten you, My Father passed in November, and I did not realize how much it affected me. But I am thankful for your visits my sister Happy Holidays to you and God bless you and your family!


  12. […] course, we’re not all so fortunate. For millions living in conflict zones, there is no peace this […]


  13. Very sorry to read and see the many innocent civilian victims of these terrorists. The islamist insurgents are zombies. I dont even agree that they are doing the violence against people of other faith for any kind of religious belief. There is enough evidence showing that large sums of money are provided from fundamentalist groups in Saudi Arabia, Quatar, Pakistan or India (Deoband) to finance muslim minorities in other countries (like in Caucasian Russia, or the Balkans) and turn them into willing terrorists. The streams of this criminal financing must made vissible and dried out, in order to stop terror in the name of Quran.


  14. eating crispy Pata next week. yum. continue…


  15. I followed the news everyday. 5 months of war.. in the end nobody’s a winner. I wrote a letter for Children of Marawi in my Blog.
    i hope this will be the last.

    Nice Trivia by the way


    • The Muslim Filipinos should now realize these rebels is bad news and should not get their symphaty and support. I saw on videos that most of the rebels are young. I have a feeling these young rebels thought it was cool to be ISIS.

      I’m also sure these rebels wouldn’t have gone far if their fellow Muslims didn’t support them. I hope they’ve realized now they were also to blame for this tragedy. and should pay for their actions. Because of them, thousands died, and thousand more nnocent lives ruined. They shouldn’t get away with murder. Sorry, but I’m really angry at what happened ,


      • I agree.. For people to let these rebels position in their place and strategically plant weapons, they must have known them.Otherwise, they have been reported to authorities.


        • There was no way they could have pulled that off without help from the residents. I;m as sure as the sun is up there they even knew the leaders were there in their neighborhood. They faces and identities were known to them. But nobody tipped off the authorities.


  16. Is it my phone or video link? I hear no sound. 😦 I’ll try to search in on youtube. 😉


  17. […] course, we’re not all so fortunate. For millions living in conflict zones, there is no peace this […]


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