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Bedeski, Robert, Andrew Andersen and Santo Darmosumarto. 1998 ‘Terrorism and Insurgency.’ Small Arms Trade and Proliferation in Southeast Asia (24), pp. 9-10. Vancouver: Institute of International Relations, University of British Columbia. 1 September
In the Philippines, separatist groups on Mindanao have engaged in sporadic armed confrontation with central government forces for years.
The insurgents have admitted to obtaining weapons from foreign sources.
Photographs of rebel soldiers show them to be well equipped with small arms and ammunition, and it is unlikely that these are solely from stealing and confiscating weapons from government forces.
Further fighting not only threatens human security in the Philippines, but also could have a significant impact on the country's economic growth.