Rebellion, political violence and shadow crimes in the Bangsamoro

The Bangsamoro Conflict Monitoring System (BCMS), 2011–2013

This report presents an assessment of the data gathered using the Bangsamoro Conflict Monitoring System (BCMS) from 2011 to 2013, which captures robust evidence of violent conflict in provinces comprising the proposed Bangsamoro territory in the Philippines. The lack of a better understanding about the causes of conflict has hampered development and peacebuilding efforts that can deal effectively with the enduring violence that afflicts parts of the country, especially in Mindanao. Unpacking conflict is often hampered by the lack of robust evidence on violence and security. The deficit in reliable and timely conflict data and analysis helps to explain the many failed attempts to transform conflict-torn communities into sites of sustainable and peaceful development. The BCMS aims to address this. The BCMS has collected comprehensive data on exposure to conflict at the subnational level, generating data on violent conflict from police and media reports in the five provinces that comprise the bulk of the proposed Bangsamoro core territory.