Yes, one of my mother's best friends is from the Philippines,
, and she noted how pervasive radical Islamism is throughout certain parts of the Philippines. This seems like the newest chapter in the ongoing struggle there. My mom's friend's sister was abducted and butchered by an Islamist splinter group there some years ago.
Quite a story here in any event.
I was going to mention more to the story but was on my phone.
The woman I worked with was a little girl when Islamic groups begun to start up, she lived in a small province near the bottom of the Philippines.
Her Grandfather owned a large swath of land, he was a fruit farmer. Many people in the area weren't rich but had land, most were farmers.
There had always been trouble with people down there acting out or being dipshits and disorderly but nothing that bad.
As time went on they begun noticing Arabs and Indos show up, which was odd because her area wasn't a tourist spot.
A few weeks later Muslims begin showing up with rocks and sticks demanding food etc, just causing trouble. They were no harm and were chased off.
A few months later those same people showed up with automatic weapons and the Police and people in power in her area didn't want to get involved and they began demanding things, it was only a short time later they begun killing people. A family near them was executed for being pig farmers, the person who lived in the house next to her had her son and husband killed when they went to confront this group harassing people.
They barely escaped thanks to this woman, had to leave almost all their stuff. The Government never gave compensation to her family, to anyone. They just kind of washed their hands of it all. Lots of people lost their lives and livelihoods to these Islamists. Of course it's barely a footnote to anyone outside of the country.
If you ever watched Destination Truth, a show where they hunt for mythical monsters, the team went out to the remote Philippines and had to have armed guards and couldn't stay out late as Islamic groups were in the area, would pose as fake soldiers, rob people and kidnap them. They were huge targets because they were white. Seems kind of racist but cannot be racist to white people I suppose.
The situation is bad, oddly enough a similar situation is happening with Mexico, just by cartels and not by Islamic groups.