COTABATO CITY – The Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) set meeting with the RRUC Chair Romeo Sema and Executive Director Abdulbasit Benito on Wednesday to build partnership for the conduct of their empirical research on extremism and radicalization among youth ages 18 to 25 in Muslim Mindanao.
The study aims to identify the push and pull factors that influence youth to engage in violence as result of the radicalization and extremism. This also aims to include the participation of Ulama to give conceptual framework through Islamic Approach. The study will make use of survey questionnaires, focus group discussions and case studies (key informant interviews) as tools while the four provinces in ARMM such as Maguindanao, Lanao Sur, Basilan and Sulu are the locale of the study.
As asked by the research team the factors affecting youth to engage in violence, Chairman Sema said: “The information given by the internet might be crucial, as such, the youth interprets by themselves that mislead them to extremism. And most of all is the frustration of everyone to the failure of the implementation of the peace agreements”, he said.
The research team is composed of Moner Bajunaid (consultant) and Iona Jalijali (project manager) from CHD and Atty. Benedicto Bacana (executive director) and Noor Saada (consultant) from IAG.