Bombings in the Philippines

July 16, 2023

In the rural areas, bombings of communities and production areas in the course of the counter-insurgency war have resulted in massive physical and economic displacement under Marcos Jr. The most notorious case under the Marcos Jr. regime involved the series of indiscriminate bombings and strafing by the 94th IBPA in the areas bordering the villages of Carabalan and Mahalang in Himamaylan, Negros Occidental on October 6 and 8, 2002 that triggered the forced evacuation of up to 15,024 persons or almost 14% of Himamaylan’s population.

The military also conducted aerial bombings in Kalinga and Cagayan province, affecting upland production areas and causing the evacuation of more than a hundred families.

Civilians have been bearing the brunt of the vicious counter-insurgency operations of the AFP. They are often deliberately targeted, in brazen disregard of IHL protocols.

Reported bombings in the Philippines, data from 2016-2023. Check out the interactive map.