The transformation of “insurgent” mindset to “political actor” mindset is a fundamental work in winning the peace. Every peace process requires not just agreements on structures and processes but also a strategic shift of the mind. Without a revolutionary change in mindset, peace cannot be sustained for war (or peace) starts in the mind.
“The participants acquired the strategic mechanisms to be employed to make a better plan towards achieving their organizational goals.
Lawyer Bong Montesa, CHD Country Director, handled the lectures and workshops. He introduced the TEC PISCO (Target, Expand, Contract, Purpose, Input, Strategies, Choices, Operations) approach.
He said that “the essence of power is politics and the essence of politics is power.”
“Many of us want change,” Montesa said and he cited the importance of having appropriate strategy to gain power.”
“One of those groups is the Abu Sayyaf militia, whose head Isnilon Hapilon — now styled Sheik Mujahid Abu Abdullah al-Filipini — has been appointed ISIS’s leader in the Philippines. Presently, the Philippine army is attempting to strike at the group’s jungle stronghold on the island of Basilan. In one of the bloodiest days for the armed forces in years, 18 soldiers were killed and over 50 wounded on April 9. ISIS claimed responsibility for the killings. Shortly after, Abu Sayyaf beheaded two Filipino hostages. (The group is also holding 10 Indonesians, two Canadians and a Norwegian captive.)
“It’s very likely that [Abu Sayyaf] will declare a satellite of the caliphate in the coming year,” says Rohan Gunaratna, an international terrorism expert at S. Rajaratnam School of Security Studies in Singapore. “Once that is done, it will be much more difficult to dismantle these groups.”
Already, up to 1,200 Southeast Asians have joined ISIS in the Middle East. Experts now worry that an ISIS stronghold in the southern Philippines will act as a regional lure, providing extremists from across Asia with a place to gain combat experience, before they set act to attack Asian targets or even targets further afield. The Jakarta attack in January that killed four civilians is just a taste of what could come, says Greg Barton, chair in global Islamic politics at Deakin University in Melbourne.”