01 August 2012 - The United States (US) State Department recognized the Philippine Government’s progress in the fight against terrorism.
In its 2011 Philippine Country Report on Terrorism, which was released on 01 August 2011, the US State Department said that, “The Philippines remained a critical partner nation in the Department of State’s Antiterrorism Assistance program, which provided tactical and investigative training to support the transition in the southern Philippines from military to civilian counterterrorism authority in Mindanao,”
“The Philippines maintained its strong counterterrorism cooperation with the United States,” reported the US State Department.
The conduct of terrorist activities inside the Philippines by groups such as the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and Jemaah Islamiya (JI) have “remained constrained,” according to the 2011 country report.
The Aquino Administration’s implementation of the the 2011–2016 Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) contributed to the progress in the fight against terrorism.
The IPSP adopts a “whole of nation" approach to achieve lasting peace, security, and economic development, including the transfer of internal security functions from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The shift from military to civilian forces in maintaining internal security in conflict areas will allow the AFP to focus on enhancing its capabilities in maritime security and territorial defense capabilities
The creation of the Philippine Coast Watch System, which protects the country’s “maritime boundary against the transit of violent extremists,” was also cited as an enhancement of the Government’s anti-terrorism efforts.
In addition, Philippine support of the establishment of an ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus Experts’ Working Group to facilitate counterterrorism cooperation contributed to regional endeavors against terrorism.
The continuation of the counter-radicalization program Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) was cited as an accomplishment of the Government’s anti-terrorism program.
The US State Department also highlighted institutional improvements directed towards addressing terrorism such as the creation of joint military and police task forces and interagency operations cells in in Zamboanga, Sulu, and Basilan; formation of anti-kidnapping-for-ransom group in Marawi with military and police participation; and the establishment of the PNP’s national Crisis Action Force that combined ground, air, and maritime units into a unified terrorist/crisis first response unit.