Of auxiliary forces and private armies : security sector governance (SSG) and conflict management in Maguindanao, Mindanao
Maria Anna Rowena Luz G. Layador
Date of Issue2014
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
This paper focuses on the governance of the security sector in situations of armed conflict and the role of effective governance in conflict management. Specifically, it seeks to examine whether the security sector has helped to advance conflict management objectives in Mindanao, or whether their activities have aggravated the situation. It critically examines the role of the core security sector, namely, the armed forces, the police and the auxiliary forces, the use of which was expanded during the Arroyo administration. Beyond that, it highlights the impact of those elected politicians with authority and oversight over the armed units. The paper uses Maguindanao, a province in Mindanao in the southern Philippines, as a case study.
RSIS working paper, 267-14