Illegal-arms trade rampant in Philippines

More than 100,000 unregistered firearms thought to be loose in the country, with south worst effected.

    Police in the southern Philippines are fighting a losing battle against the proliferation of guns.

    Many ordinary people are being caught in the crossfire between authorities, gangs and fighters trying to secure autonomy.

    The government estimates that there are more than 100,000 loose, unregistered firearms in the country, most of which are believed to be circulating in the south, where even government security forces have been accused of participating in the illegal arms trade.

    Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from Maguindanao, in the southern Philippines.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.