The Colloquium featured Professor Julkipli Wadi of the University of the Philippines Institute of Islamic Studies who delivered a lecture on the theme “Extremism and ISIS in the Philippines: A Newfound Battle Cry.” Professor Mehmet Unal of Istanbul University and Ms Maria Grace Alma Amargo of the Anti-Terrorism Council were the reactors during the event.
In his lecture, Professor Wadi provided a comprehensive discussion of various possible factors that precipitated the rise of terrorist groups in the country. He also shared his insights on the important nuances that need to be understood pertaining to the origins of ISIS and how its rise in the Middle East influenced, one way or another, the pre-existing political contestation and struggles in Mindanao. Professor Wadi also encouraged everyone to continuously engage in intelligent exchange about the phenomena of extremism and terrorism in relation to nation-building and struggles of the Moro people.
In his remarks, NDCP President Rear Admiral Roberto Q Estioko AFP (Ret) PhD MNSA underscored that the Colloquium was one of the ways in which the organizers sought to contribute in the ongoing substantive conversation about terrorism, violence, marginalization, ideology, history, self-determination, peace process, nation-building, and national security.
The activity was the 6th in Heneral Luna Colloquium Series co-organized by NDCP, FSI, and OSSSM. The Series provides a platform for free academic discussion of issues affecting Philippine defense and security.