Welcome to PIPVTR!

Countering Political Violence and Terrorism Through Peace Research

New Office Address

106 Sterten Place Condominium, 116 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village East, Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines Telefax: +632 4333870 

The PIPVTR is an independent, non-stock, non-profit, non-governmental research organization officially registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on 29 November 2007 as Philippine Institute for Political Violence and Terrorism Research.  It was first conceptualized in September 2005 by a group of experts, academics and practitioners who see the need to establish a center  in the Philippines dedicated to the study of political violence and terrorism and their implications for peace and security. The PIPVTR was officially launched on 6 March 2008 at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, the Chairman of the Philippine Anti-Terrorism Council.   Ermita described the PIPVTR as the country's "pioneering think tank on terrorism research and studies".  
The PIPVTR is renamed as PHILIPPINE INSTITUTE FOR PEACE, VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM RESEARCH in order to bring peace studies into political violence and terrorism research.  SEC approved this new name on 10 August 2010.  To broaden the research agenda of the Institute in the light of post-9/11 security challenges that have tremendous impacts on peace, violence and terrorism issues, two centers have been created:  the Center for Intelligence and National Security Studies (CINSS) and the Center for Transnational Crimes Research and Non-Traditional Security Studies (CTCNTS). 
PIPVTR does not receive government funding.  But PIPVTR welcomes private contributions to support our research work. Please contact us if you are willing to support  us and be our partners in our  missions. Below is the location map of the PIPVTR Office.
                                           

Renewed Tensions and Continuing Maritime Security Dilemma in the South China Sea:  Challenges in Philipine Foreign, Defense and Security Policy

In the light of the recent incidents involving China and the Philippines in the Reed Bank, which is one of the contested areas  in the South China Sea, the Center for Political and Democratic Reforms, Inc., (CPDRI) will hold a round table discussion on the above topic on March 17, 2-5 PM at the Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT), Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.  Prof. Rommel C. Banlaoi, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism (PIPVTR) will be the main resource speaker.  For more information about the roundtable discussion, please email Mr. Dennis Lalata at dlalata@yahoo.com.

PIPVTR To Hold Three Round Table Discussions This March

The Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) is pleased to announce the holding of three round table discussions (RTD) this March as follows:

March 11, 2011 on "Mainstreaming Indigenous Peoples' Issues and Concerns in the National Agenda", 2-7PM, Electronic Library, 2nd Floor, Asian Institute of Management Conference Center, Makati City.  Co-organized by the Institute of Autonomy and Governance and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

March 28, 2011 on "Understanding Violent Religious Radicalization:  A Multidisciplinary Perspective", 2-5PM, PIPVTR Seminar Room, 7th Floor, Sterten Place Condominuim, 116 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village East, Quezon City. Co-organized by the Center for Excellence on National Security (CENS) of the S. Rajaratnam School of Internatioal Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

March 30, 2011 on "Youth and Terrorism", 2-5 PM PIPVTR Seminar Room, 7th Floor, Sterten Place Condominuim, 116 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village East, Quezon City. Co-organized by the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

For further information about these three events, please contact Rowena at 4333870 or email rbanlaoi@pipvtr.com.

Terrorism:  Threat to Tourism and Public Safety?

The Center for Political and Democratic Reform, Inc (CPDRI), the Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT) and the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) organized a symposium entitled "TERRORISM…THREATS TO TOURISM AND PUBLIC SAFETY?”   on February 22, 2011, Tuesday, 2-5 PM at the  Seminar Room of the Asian Institute of Tourism, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. 

PDIR RODOLFO "BOOGIE" MENDOZA, JR (ret), PIPVTR President, was the main speaker who talked on the topic, "Updates on Current Terrorist Threats in the Philippines".  Retired Army General Jaime Delos Santos (President of Tourism Foundation),  Retired Police General Felizardo Serapio Jr (Executive Director of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes) and Dr. Clarita Carlos (President of the CPDRI) served as discussants on the implications of terrorism on tourism and public safety.  Please access Paper Series of this website for a copy of Mendoza's presentation.

 

First International Conference on the Security Environment of East Asian Seas

To discuss the current and evolving maritime security environment in East Asia Seas, the Ocean Policy Research Foundation (OPRF) based in Tokyo, Japan organized the First International Conference on the Security Environment of East Asian Seas at the Hotel New Otani, Tokyo on 16-17 February 2011.  At least 15 foreign experts and 40 Japanese experts attended the said conference. The Center for Intelligence and National Security Studies (CINSS) of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) presented a paper on "Current Maritime Security Environment on East and South China Seas."

Terror Threat:  The Government Must Consult Not Insult

Despite the serious travel advisories from 7 foreign embassies and warning from a local terrorism think-tank that terrorist threats in the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila, were imminent, the Philippine government downplayed those advisories and questioned the credibility of a think-tank to make warning. The military establishment even denied the clear and present danger of terrorist threat in the city, arguing that the information from which the travel advisories was based was raw and not yet validated.  While the government and the military may have their own reasons for denying the threat, the Makati bus bombing last January 25 demonstrated the terrorist threat was not imagined but real.  Read more here. or here.(Photo source here)

Makati bus explosion

Internal Peace and Security Plan Released

As a paradigm shift in countering insurgency and terrorism in the Philippines, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) just released its new military campaign plan dubbed as OPLAN Bayanihan or the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP).  This new military plan recognizes the structural factors that bring armed insurgency.  Thus, AFP claims that solving the the insurgency problem can not be done by the military alone.  Countering insurgency and terrorism needs the support of all stakeholders of peace and security in the country.  As part of PIPVTR's effort to help AFP in disseminating the said plan, a full copy is available for free download in the Paper Series of this website.

Asian Transnational Security Challenges: Emerging Trends, Regional Visions

The Council for Asian Transnational Threat Research (CATR) just published the book, Asian Transnational Security Challenges:  Emerging Trends, Regional Visions.  The book provides a rigorous country-by-country analysis of the most important emerging non-traditional and transnational security threats in Asia over the coming five to ten-year horizon.   The book was launched on 29 October 2010 at Dusit Thani Manila on the occassion of the International Forum on Asia Pacific Security organized by the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) in cooperation with CATR, Asia Pacific Security Forum and the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA).  A copy of this book is available free for paying participants at the International Forum.  To claim your complimentary copy, please call +632 4333870. Other participants can get their  free electronic copy at the Paper Series of PIPVTR Website.

 

Waging Peace Conference 2010

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Organized by the Gazton P. Ortigas Peace Instiute with the support of the International Alert and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, the Waging Peace Conference 2010 was held at Bayview Hotel, Manila on 7-8 December 2010 with a theme, "Seize the Opportune Moment:  Work for Peace Now!". PIPVTR participated in the said conference as a recognized think-tank involved in peace research.  It was during the conference when the organizers recognized the third party facilitators to the peace processes with the National Democratic Front (NDF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).  Ambassadors Knut Solem and Dato Seri Ibrahim Saad accepted the recognition on the behalf of the Norwegian and Malaysian governments, respectively.

 

Directions and Challenges of Philippines Security Relations with China and the United States

The Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) organized a Round Table Discussion (RTD) on “Directions and Challenges of Philippine Security Relations with China and the United States” on 19 November 2010, 2:00-5:00 PM at the PIPVTR Conference Room. Prof. Benito Lim of Ateneo de Manila University and Mr. Carl Baker of Pacific Forum CSIS based in Honolulu, Hawaii were resource speakers. See Paper Series of this website to download a free copy of their presentations.

  

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    Second International Forum on International Law and Fishery Issues, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

    Organized by the Taiwan Society of International Law, PIPVTR attended the Second International Forum on International Law and Fishery Issues held on 13-14 November 2010 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  In this international forum, Prof. Rommel Banlaoi presented a paper on Renewed Security Tensions in the South China Sea and its implications for maritime security in Southeast Asia and Philippines-Taiwan security relations.
    PIPVTR Attends Second International Workshop on the South China Sea in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
    The Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) attended the Second International Workshop on the South China Sea held at the Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 11-12 November 2010 with a theme "Cooperation for Regional Security and Development".  Organized by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and Vietnam Lawyer's Association, the workshop was attended by at least 70 international scholars and government experts from various countries.  Ms. Amparo Pamela H. Fabe, Senior Fellow, represented PIPVTR in the said event.
    International Forum on Asia Pacific Security: Country Perspectives
    On the occassion of the third year founding anniversary of the Philippine Institute fo Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR)  and the 10th Bi-Annual International Conference of the Council for Asian Transtional Threat Research (CATR), the International Forum on Asia Pacific Security: Country Perspectives was held at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City on October 29, 2010.  The event was co-organized by the PIPVTR, CATR, Institute for Defense Analyses and the Asia Pacific Security Forum. 
    The 10th Bi-Annual International Conference of the Council for Asian Transnational Threat Research (CATR)
    PIPVTR hosted the 10th Bi-Annual Conference of the Council for Asian Transnational Threat Research (CATR) at the New World Hotel, Makati CIty on October 26-28.  Thirty-five internationally renown foreign experts from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States attended.  CATR is currently being chaired by Rommel Banlaoi, Executive Director of PIPVTR.
     
    PIPVTR Co-Convenes ANCORS Workshop Focusing on Southern Philippines Security and Stability
    Political, economic, maritime and human security experts on the Southern Philippines are attending a two-day Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) workshop at the Innovation Campus. Dean of UOW’s Faculty of Law, Professor Luke McNamara, officially welcomed delegates to the workshop which is being conducted on 28 and 29 September.  Participants from the Philippines and Australia are taking part in the workshop entitled ‘Security and Stability in the Southern Philippines: Implications for Australia and the Region’.
    Day one of the conference involves an overview of domestic and regional concerns (session 1), territorial and boundary issues (session 2); and maritime security in the Southern Philippines (session 3). Day two features discussion on the economic and environmental security in the Southern Philippines (session 4); and human security in the Southern Philippines (session 5).  Among the speakers are the Attorney Rodel Cruz, former Undersecretary of Defence (Philippines) and President of the Asia Pacific Security Forum; Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, Professor Rommel Banlaoi; Commander Ronnie Gil Gavan from the Philippine Coast Guard; and Professor Harry Roque, Professor of Law with the University of the Philippines. Read more here.

     

    PNOY's Policy on the Peace Process:What is New?
    To celebrate the National Peace Conscousness Month and the International Day of Peace, the PIPVTR held a Roundtable Discussion on "PNOY's Policy on the Peace Process: What is New?" on 22 September 2010 at the Sterten Place Condominium, Quezon City.  Father Eliseo Mercado, Jr., a peace advocate and Executive Director of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance; and, Dr. Clarita R. Carlos, Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines, were resource speakers.  Their papers are uploaded in the Paper Series of this website.  The RTD was attended by former Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (PAPP), Anabelle Abaya, Assistant Secretary Romie Halabaso of OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process), Ms. Karen Tanada, Executive Director of Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute, Mr. Ramon Casiple, Executive Director of the Institute for Electoral and Political Reforms, and Ms. Amina Rasul, co-convenor of the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy, among many others.

     

    PIPVTR Cited in Various Media Reports on Manila Hostage Crisis
    In the aftermath of the Manila Hostage Crisis on 23 August 2010, the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) was cited in various media reports on the incidents.  The following are some of the said media reports: (Photo credit:  Guardian.co.uk).
    Police admit mistakes in Philippines hostage crisis- RFIPhilippine president vows punishment in bus hijack- Toronto StarOfficials Admit Failings in Manila Hostage Standoff- New York Times
     
     
    TRAINING MANUAL FOR AFP ON SECURITY SECTOR REFORM
     In cooperation with the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) based in Cotabato City, the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) is involved in developing a training manual for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Security Sector Reform (SSR).  The PIPVTR is specifically tasked to develop modules on Understanding Internal Armed Conflicts in the Philippines and Comprehensive Understanding of Human Security: The Imperative of Security Sector Transformation.  The development of the training manual also has the participation of the Western Mindanao Command and the Eastern Mindanao Command of the AFP. 
    PIPVTR Commemorates IHL Day with the AFP
    In commemeration of the International Human Rights Law (IHL) Day, the Armed  Forces of the Philippines launched the Soldiers' Handbook on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law on 12 August 2010 at the Tejeros Hall, AFP Commissioned Officers Club, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.  It was attended by several officers of the AFP and representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the European Union (EU) Justice Support Program and the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR). The Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) and its sister-institute in Mindanao, the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) were guests during the launching.  Read more here.
     
     
    Defense and Security Agenda of President Benigno Simeon "Noy Noy" Aquino III
     Together with two former national security advisers, General Jose T. Almonte and Congressman Roilo Golez, PIPVTR Executive Director, Prof. Rommel C. Banlaoi discussed the defense and security agenda of the new Philippine government under President Benigno Simeon "Noy Noy" Aquino III in a television forum organized by the ABS CBN on 8 July 2010.  Banlaoi told the audience that the present government is in the right direction to enunciate 4-pillar of Philippine national security:  good governance, delivery of basic social services, economic recovery and sustainable development, and security sector reform.  Banlaoi says that the new government has six years to prove itself and make a difference.  For  full access of the discussions, see  utube at  http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=anc+banlaoi&aq=f .
     
     
  • PIPVTR NEWS
    PIPVTR Held International Workshop on Countering the Financing of Terrorism
    In cooperation with Consortium for Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CCFT), World-Check and the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research of the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies based in Singapore, the Philippine Institute for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) conducted the International Workshop on Countering the Financing of Terrorism on July 7-8, 2008 at the Sulo Hotel, Quezon City.  Full proceedings, presentations and other references related to the said workshop will be posted in this website soon. Below are some some of the news coverage of the workshop:
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    Paper Series
    Renewed Tensions and Continuing Maritime Security Dilemma in the South China Sea by Rommel Banlaoi
    PIPVTR Policy Brief 9 Updates on Current Terrorist Threats in the Philippines by Rodolfo Mendoza Jr
    The Communist Insurgency in the Philippines: Tactics and Talks by ICG
    Internal Peace and Security Plan "Bayanihan"
    PIPVTR Policy Brief 8 Work for Peace Now! by Teresita Q. Deles
    Role of PNP & AFP During Elections: The Imperative of Security Sector Transformation
    Security Sector Transformation Praxis from the Ground
    Maguindanao Massacre and the Rise of Warlord Clans
    PIPVTR Policy Brief No. 7 RP-China Security Relations by Benito Lim
    Directions & Challenges in RP-US Security Alliance by Carl Baker
    Asian Transnational Security Challenges edited by Ziemke Dickens and Droogan
    PIPVTR Policy Brief No. 6 "The GRP-MILF Peace Process, Thus Far" by Dr. Clarita R. Carlos
    PNOY's Policy on the Peace Process: What is New? by Fr. Eliseo Mercado, Jr.
    PIPVTR Policy Commentary on Philippine Democratic Deficit by Amparo Pamela H. Fabe
    PIPVTR Policy Commentary by Al Haj Murad Ibrahim
    PIPVTR Policy Brief No. 5 "A Botched Hostage Rescue in the Philippines"
    Private Armed Groups: A New Security Threat in the Philippines
    Southeast Asian Regionalism and China's Soft Power Politics
    PIPVTR Policy Commentary on Filipino Soldiers as Human Rights Advocate by Rommel C. Banlaoi
    PIPVTR Policy Commentary on Filipino Soldiers as Champion of Human Rights by LtGen Ricardo A David J
    PIPVTR Policy Commentary on AFP and Human Rights by Ms. Pamela Amparo Fabe
    Zamboanga City Bombing: A Suicide Mission? PIPVTR Terrorism Events Analysis, 6 August 2010
    Media Reporting of Terrorism and the Abu Sayyaf Threat: Scope and Scoop by Ms. Arlyn Dela Cruz
    PIPVTR Policy Commentary on the South China Sea Disputes 28 July 2010
    PIPVTR Policy Brief 4 The Philippines: State of the Nation
    Crime-Terrorism Nexus: An Academic Perspective by Paul Wilson
    Countering the ASG: A Mlitary Perspective by Dan Lucero
    Sources of ASG Resilience in Southern Philippines by Romme Banlaoi
    Policy Brief 3 Defeating the ASG by BGen Francisco Cruz Jr
    Asian Conflicts Reports March 2010 by CATR
    Policy Brief 2 CSOs in Southeast Asia & Challenges of Terrorist Threat Reduction by Rizal Buendia
    Policy Brief 1 Eventual Demise of Communist Insurgency by Gen Francisco Cruz Jr
    The GRP-MILF Peace Process: An Academic Expert's View by Dr. Cesar Pobre
    The Prospects for Peace in the Southern Philippines by Atty Nasser Marohomsalic
    Hopes and Frustrations in the GRP-MILF Peace Process by Rommel Banlaoi
    Philippine Security & Terrorist Threats in the New Decade: A Book Launching Speech
    CAFGUs, CVOs and the Maguindanao Massacre by Rommel Banlaoi
    The Philippines: After the Maguindanao Massacre by ICG
    The Maguindanao Massacre and the Making of the Warlords by Fr. Eliseo R. Mercado, Jr. OMI
    Massacre in Maguindanao by Rommel Banlaoi
    The Maguindanao Massacre, the Bangsamoro Problem and the Peace Process by Sol Santos
    Proceedings of a Roundtable Discussion on Civilian Protection
    Roles of CSOs in Preventing and Combating Terrorism in Southeast Asia by Rommel Banlaoi
    Kalayaan Island Group and Baselines Controversies in the South China Sea by PIPVTR
    Roles of CAFGUs in Countering Insurgency and Terrorism in the Philippines by Col Daniel Lucero
    Roles of CVOs in Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the Philippines by Pelagio Samson, PNP
    Counter Terrorism and National Security in the Philippines by Peter Chalk
    A Review of GRP-MNLF Peace Accord by Joel S. Garcia
    The Evolving Terrorist Threats to Southeast Asia by Chalk, Rabasa, Rosenau and Piggott
    Children & Youth in Organized Armed Violence in the Philippines by Camacho, Puzon and Ortiga
    Asian Conflicts Reports No. 4 by CATR
    Transnational Islam in South and Southeast Asia by Peter Mandavelli, et. al.
    The Philippines: Running in Place in Mindanao by ICG
    Youth as Victims and Perpetrators of Terrorism: The Philippine Case by Rommel Banlaoi
    Asian Conflict Reports # 2 by CATR
    Building Stronger Partnership to Prevent Terrorism: Recommendations for Obama by CGCC
    Obama's Asian Challenge by Council for Asian Terrorism Research
    Combating Terrorism in Southeast Asia by Thomas H. Tatum
    On Mumbai Attack (Party 1) by BIPSS
    Why Terrorists Quit? by Michael Jacobson
    Maritime Terrorist Threats in the Straits of Malacca by Ramli H. Nik
    Looking into the Future of Moro Self-Determination by Rizal G. Buendia
    The Asian Security Landscape after the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by CATR
    Achievements & Challenges in CT in the Phil 7 Yrs After 9/11 by Arturo C. Lomibao
    The Philippines: The Collapse of Peace in Mindanao by ICG
    The UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy & Regional & Subregional Bodies by Eric Rosand, et. al.
    Armed Conflicts & Poverty in Mindanao by Brenda Barrientos
    Terrorism & Political Violence in Basilan: A Case of Ethnic Hatred by Daniel A. Lucero
    Rethinking State Policies & Minority Rights by Abhoud Syed Lingga
    Perspectives on the GRP-MILF Peace Talks Crisis by Mindanews
    GRP-MILF Peace Talks in Question by Eugene Martin
    Seven Years After 9/11: Al Qaida's Strengths and Vulnerabilities by Richard Barrett
    Current Humanitarian Situation in Mindanao by NDCC
    The Abu Sayyaf Group Seven Years After 9/11 by Rommel C. Banlaoi
    Civil Society and UN Global Counterterrorism Strategy by Eric Rosand, Alistair Millar & Jason Ipe
    US-China Counterterrorism Cooperation: Issues for US Policy by Shirley A. Kan
    International Process in Global Counter-Terrorism Cooperation by CGCC
    The Philippines & Australia: Defense & Security Cooperation Against Terrorism by Rommel C. Banlaoi
    The Philippines: Counter-Insurgency vs Counter-Terrorism in Mindanao by ICG
    The Evolving Terrorist Threat in Southeast Asia by Peter Chalk and Carl Ungerer
    MOA on the Ancestral Domain Aspect of GRP-MILF Tripoli Agreement on Peace from ABS CBN Research
    Morojihad & Islamic Vision of Ustadz Salamat Hashim by Francisco N. Cruz, Jr.
    The Aceh Peace Process: Lessons for Mindanao by Abhoud Shed M. Linga
    Combating Transnational Terrorism in Southeast Asia the ASEAN Way by Francisco N. Cruz, Jr.
    Sustaining Gains in Internal Security by Alexander Yano
    Kidnap: A Documentary by Ces Drillon
    Putting the Crime Back Into Terrorism by Lesley Brown and Paul Wilson
    The Withdrawal of Malaysia from the International Monitoring Team by Diane Russel Ong Junio
    Updates on Terrorism in the Philippines by General Rodolfo Mendoza, Jr.
    Jihad in the Internet by Dianne Russel Junio
    Al Harakatul Al Islamiyyah: Essays on the Abu Sayyaf Group by R Banlaoi