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Philippines Govt vs Mindanao Guerillas

Years: 1970-2017
Battle deaths: 19,404 [1]
Onesided violence: 597 [2]

Nation(s) involved and/or conflict territory [note]

Published prior to 2013 | Updated: 2018-07-28 15:44:29
Rooted in Moro nationalism as a response to large-scale influx of settlers, the territorial conflict in the Philippines centres on independence for the Moros in the southern region of Mindanao. Since the conflict onset in the 1970s, several armed groups have fought for the Moro issue. The conflict has proven intractable in nature, despite attempts at its solution. Several agreements have been signed, none of which has ended the conflict.

The government of the Philippines and MILF met for numerous rounds of peace talks during 2013 resulting in the signing of three out of four annexes to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB), signed in October 2012. Fighting between the parties did not result in 25 battle-related deaths during the year. However, three groups were involved in fighting against the government in 2013; ASG, BIFM and MNLF-NM. MNLF-NM reappeared as an active group when they attacked Zamboanga City in September. The group opposed the peace talks with MILF and declared their own "Bangsamoro Republik" in the southern parts of the Philippines.

Source: Uppsala Conflict Data Program (Date of retrieval: 2014-08-12) UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia, Uppsala University


Data Sources

[1] Battle deaths: PRIO Battle Deaths Dataset v3.0 (link) (1946-88) #112 UCDP Battle-Related Deaths Dataset v. 5-2017 (link) (1989-2017) #308 #14275
Low: 18,923 High: 110,976

[2] UCDP One-sided Violence Dataset v. 1.4-2015 (1989-2014) (link) including actors: MILF, ASG, Ampatuan militia, Al-Khobar
Low: 574 High: 722

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NOTE! Nation data for this war may be inconlusive or incomplete. In most cases it reflects which nations were involved with troops in this war, but in some it may instead reflect the contested territory.



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