Following the release of the Global and Terrorism
Index that ranked the Philippines at ninth place, Malacañang said it
remains committed to preventing violence and terrorism.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said during Friday’s
press briefing that they have seen the report but want to know the
details, so that the government could improve the country’s ranking.
"We are trying to see what incidents have been counted, kasi
nakita natin ang difference from the incidents in 2011, 2012, 2013
and ‘yung most recent year," Valte said.
"We’d like to see
what those incidents are and compare them with the data that our law
enforcement agencies have. But certainly, everyone is unified in the
goal that we want to lessen these incidents."
In a study
conducted by the London-based Institute for Economics and Peace
(IEP), the Philippines ranked ninth out of 162 countries in terms of
the level of terrorist activities in the world in 2013.
Global Terrorism Index 2014 showed 499 incidents in the Philippines,
resulting in 292 fatalities, 444 injuries, and 184 damage to
The index ranks countries according to the impact
of terrorist activities as well as analyzes the economic and social
dimensions associated with terrorism.
Valte noted that
President Aquino himself has recently been tackling the issue on the
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The Philippines, she
said, is also coordinating and cooperating with neighbors to thwart
ISIS recruitment in the country.
“In fact, yesterday, we
were asked about some information that a Filipino was involved in
the beheading of some Syrians in the most recent ISIS video. The
military is endeavoring to check the veracity of that particular
video. But, so far, we still do not have any confirmation on the
nationality of that person,” she said.
(full story - 11.20.14)