The worst nightmare for all concerned
Including the phillipine military who have to interdict. Remember a few years ago the murdering of tourists at Palawan?
I dated a girl from the southern Philippines
. She told me that we had to be careful where and what we did. She said that it wasn't just the Muslims either. Her own bad boys on her island would even kidnap and ransom rich Filipinos. Cebu seems pretty safe. But south of that gets riskier the more south and west u get.
We had a skipper
planning a trip from west coast
to Davao just recently. I asked him why Davao ? I did it only because I have my personal worries about southern PI. I know Steady Hand posted a nice link for the city of Davao.
Let me tell u if you don't know this. In the upscale neighborhoods you have guards patrolling and perimeter fencing. In some of the neighborhoods without perimeter fencing the upscale residents have 12 foot cement walls. On top of the walls they take beer
bottles and break them and leave the jagged ends exposed and bottom part cemented in as a further deterrent. You can drive a 1/4 mile further and see wretched poverty. Children
with no shoes or even flip flops. Huts made of bamboo and dirt floors. Latrine style toilets. One water
source for the small community. It broke my heart! Abject poverty right next door to the well doers. Even Filipinos fear one another.
The Muslim situation down there in southern PI is a very real threat. I will worry and pray like the rest of the world that this ends calmly and with no harm. But their tendency towards violence sounds more like a political agenda then it does a money
thing. God help those poor people.
One nurse that I talked to frequently had to go up on the hills to educate and train citizens about health
. She told me that she was scared to death every time she went up there on a quarterly basis. She said the Muslim fighters were barely tolerant of her presence and gave her long scowling looks. Her driver protector was just as scared. What can u do when a group of men walk by u with Automatics?
It seems to be a standard play out of terrorist handbook to dismay the locals with we can strike anywhere at anytime. They know it will impact tourist business. It may be even payback for PI military activities against them. I would be scared shirtless if I was the captured.