Retaliatory bombings possible after Marawi siege: analyst


Posted at Nov 09 2017 10:10 AM | Updated as of Nov 09 2017 10:25 AM

MANILA - The siege of Marawi is already over but an analyst fears of possible bombings by pro-Islamic State personalities in some of the country's urban centers.

Lisa Sidney Jones, director of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, said the government should look into the identity and capacity of those involved in the siege to avoid such incidents.

"I think it's possible the various components of the IS alliance actually dispersed back to their home territories... I also think there is a chance we'll see retaliatory bombings in some of the urban centers in the Philippines, maybe including Manila," Jones told ANC Thursday.

Government troops secure a portion of the main battle area in Marawi City after the fighting. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News/file

To prevent this, Jones said it will also be very useful for Philippine authorities to look back at the Quiapo bombings and the Maute attack in Butig and debrief people involved in these incidents.

She added that authorities may also want to explore the financial movement of the Maute group and extract information from suspected financiers who were arrested in neighboring countries.

"Ideology and radical indoctrination have actually taken root in the southern Philippines. It wasn't just the alliance that went across traditional clan lines, traditional religious lines. But also there was a strong ideological element. I think that's one thing the Philippines wants to watch out for," she said.

Ultimately, Jones said the rehabilitation of Marawi should be fast and its people should be consulted every step of the way so radicalized groups won't be able to use this issue to their advantage.