Rommel Banlaoi

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Rommel C. Banlaoi (27 April 1970) is a Filipino political scientist, security analyst, and an international studies expert. He is a celebrity professor, a policy influencer, a political and security adviser, and a well-known Filipino public intellectual because of his scholarly works on international terrorism (specifically on the Abu Sayyaf Group), South China disputes, and geopolitical issues. He is the Chairman of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR)[1] and President of the Philippine Society for Intelligence and Security Studies (PSISS),[2] both academic and non-governmental organizations. He has been in the academe for almost 30 years. He is currently a Professorial Lecturer at the International Studies Department of Miriam College. He finished his BA and MA in Political Science at the University of the Philippines in Diliman where he also worked on his PhD in Political Science (ABD Status). He earned his PhD in International Relations at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China.

Career[edit]

Banlaoi began his career in the academe as Instructor in Political Science at the University of the Philippines Los Banos (1992-1995).[3] and a University Research Associate at the University of the Philippines in Diliman (1996).[4] Afterwards, he became Assistant Professor of International Studies at De La Salle University (1997-1998),.[5] He also served as a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the National Defense College of the Philippines (1998-2008) where he was also designated as Vice President from 1998-2001.[6] Prior to his academic stint at NDCP, he worked at the Office of the Secretary of National Defense (OSND) during the administration of President Joseph Estrada. While at NDCP, he was detailed to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Plans and Programs (OASPP) during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. It was also during the term of President Arroyo when Dr. Banlaoi served as a senior adviser at the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP),[7][circular reference] founding Director of the Mayor's Development Center (MDC),[8] and a consultant at the National Counter-Terrorism Action Group (NACTAG).,[9][circular reference] the forerunner of the Philippine Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) established by the Human Security Act of 2007, otherwise known as the Philippine Anti-Terrorism Law currently replaced by the Philippine Anti_Terrorism Law of 2020.[10][circular reference] He was then appointed as a member of the Advisory Council of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III. He was also appointed member to the Advisory Council of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. In 2021, he was reappointed as member of Advisory Council of the CIDG. Banlaoi also received appointment as Professor and Director for Research and Publication at the World City College (WCC)in 2004-2005 and member of the Board of Regents of the University of Eastern Pangasinan (UEP) in 2006.

Awards[edit]

Because of his deep involvements in peace education, terrorism research and non-violence studies, he received the Albani Peace Prize Award for Peace Education.[11] He also received the "Kahanga-hangang Pilipino" (Outstanding Filipino) Award in 2012 for peace research and national security education.[12] On the occasion of the 2016 World CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Congress Day in Mumbai, India, Banlaoi received the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Humanitarian and Social Cause.[13] Because of his various research outputs on countering terrorism in the Philippines, Banlaoi has been called "the father of Philippine counter-terrorism research" and the "leading Philippine scholar" studying radical Islam.[14] He has also been considered as the country's top security studies expert.

Affiliations[edit]

Dr. Banlaoi also pursues academic research on regional security, counterterrorism, South China Sea Disputes and Chinese studies. He is currently the President of the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies (PACS),[15] a member of the Management Board of the World Association for Chinese Studies (WACS),[16] and the Director of the Center for the Study of Philippines-China Relations (CSPCR), the research arm of the Philippines-China Friendship Society (PCFS) where Dr. Banlaoi serves as a co-convenor representing the Philippine side.[17] He is also a member of the International Panel of Experts of the Maritime Awareness Project (MAP)[18] of the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) based in Washington DC,[19] while serving as member of the Board of Directors of the China-Southeast Asia Research Centre on the South China Sea based in Hainan, China.[20] He served as a member of the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations (PCFR) and a Senior Fellow at the Yuchengco Centre (YC) of De La Salle University (DLSU) where three of his scholarly works were published.[21] He is an Adjunct Research Professor at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies based in Hainan, China.[22] Banlaoi contributes to the official publications of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT) based in Kuala Lumpur.[23] He served as Chairman of the Council for Asian Terrorism Research, a consortium of some of the best research organizations on counter-terrorism research in respective country of the Asia Pacific region. The CATR members include experts from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, The Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United States, and Japan.[24] He was also appointed as a Non-Resident Fellow of the Center for Global Counterterrorism Cooperation based in New York City.[25] He was a Fellow of the Asia Pacific Center for Asia Pacific Studies (APCSS) based in Hawaii, USA[26] and Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law of Leiden University, the Netherlands.[27] He is currently the Convenor of the Network for the Prevention of Violent Extremism in the Philippines (NPVEP).[28]

Trivia[edit]

Prof. Banlaoi appeared in Eraserhead's second album, Circus.[29] Eraserheads (sometimes stylized as ERASƎRHEADS or ƎRASƎRHƎADS) is a Filipino rock band formed in 1989.[30][circular reference] He is also the basis of a fictional character, Counsilor/Prof. Banlaoi,[31] in a successful Philippine musical, Ang Huling El Bimbo.[32]

Books[edit]

  • Philippines-China Relations at 45 During the COVID-19 Pandemic: New Discoveries, Recent Developments, and Continuing Concerns[33]
  • The Marawi Siege and Its Aftermath: The Continuing Terrorist Threats[34]
  • Philippines-China Relations: Geopolitics, Economics and Counterterrorism<[35]
  • Al-Harakatul Al-Islamiyyah: Essays on the Abu Sayyaf Group, Terrorism in the Philippines from Al Qaeda to ISIS[36]
  • Marawi City Siege and Threats of Narcoterrorism in the Philippines.[37]
  • Philippine Security in the Age of Terror[38]
  • Philippines-China Security Relations: Current Issues and Emerging Concers[39]
  • Security Aspects of Philippines-China Relations[40]
  • Defense and Military Cooperation Between the Philippines and China: Broadening Bilateral Ties in the Post 9/11 Era[41]
  • Current and Emerging Security Environment in Southeast Asia[42]
  • De-radicalization Efforts in the Philippines: Options for Disengagement Strategy[43]
  • Al Harakatul Al Islammiyah:Essays on the Abu Sayyaf Group[44]
  • Counter-Terrorism Measures in Southeast Asia: How Effective Are They;[45]
  • War on Terrorism in Southeast Asia.[46]
  • Maritime Terrorism in Southeast Asia: The Abu Sayyaf Threat[47]
  • The Philippines and Australia: Defense and Security Cooperation Against Terrorism
  • The ASEAN Regional Forum, the South China Sea Conflict and the Functionalist Option
  • Security Cooperation in the ASEAN Regional Forum and in the European Union: Lessons Learned
  • The Amsterdam Treaty and the European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy[48]'
  • Political Parties in the Philippines[49]
  • Elections in the Philippines[50]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "De la Salle University". De La Salle University.
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  11. ^ Rico Albani. "PEACE ADVOCATES TO GET ALBANI PEACE PRIZE AWARDS". Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  12. ^ Lagran, Mayda (2013-01-31). "Gasan mayor cited as "Kahanga-hangang Pilipino"".
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  14. ^ Borer, Douglas A.; Everton, Sean F.; Nayve, Moises M. (2009). "Global Development and Human (In)security: Understanding the rise of the Rajah Solaiman Movement and Balik Islam in the Philippines". Third World Quarterly. 30: 181–204. doi:10.1080/01436590802622615. hdl:10945/47779.
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  18. ^ "International Expert Panel – Maritime Awareness Project".
  19. ^ "About – Maritime Awareness Project".
  20. ^ "Beijing sets up joint research centre on South China Sea issues". 2016-03-26.
  21. ^ Yuchengco Center. "About the Yuchengco Center".
  22. ^ Adjunct Research Professor. "中国南海研究院". National Institute for South China Sea Studies.
  23. ^ Banlaoi, Rommel. "The Pull Of Terrorism: A Philippine Case Study". Southeast Asia Regional Center for Counter-Terrorism.
  24. ^ "Council for Asian Terrorism Research".
  25. ^ "Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation".
  26. ^ "Home". Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. 2010-03-20.
  27. ^ Faculty of Law. "Leiden Law School". Leiden University.
  28. ^ Network for the Prevention of Violent Extremism in the Philippines, NPVEP. NPVEP. PIPVTR https://pipvtr.org/network-for-the-prevention-of-violent-extremism-in-the-philippines-npvep/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  29. ^ Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Prof-Banlaois-Transcendental-Medication-Months/dp/B004295PPU. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  30. ^ "Eraserheads". Wikipedia.
  31. ^ ABS CBN https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/05/23/19/tp-stalwart-tadioan-gets-out-of-his-comfort-zone-for-huling-el-bimbo. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  32. ^ "Review: Huling El Bimbo".
  33. ^ Banlaoi, Rommel Ed. "Philippines-China Relations at 45". Philippine Association for Chinese Studies. Philippine Association for Chinese Studies. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  34. ^ Banlaoi, Rommel (November 2019). Marawi Siege and its Aftermath. ISBN 978-1527538245.
  35. ^ https://www.pacs.ph/publications/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  36. ^ Banlaoi, Rommel. "Al Harakatul Al Islamiyyah: Essays on the Abu Sayyaf Group, Terrorism in the Philippines From Al Qaeda to ISIS". Academia.
  37. ^ Banlaoi, Rommel. "Malawi City Siege and Threats of Narcoterrorism in the Philippines". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  38. ^ "Philippine Security in the Age of Terror: National, Regional, and Global Challenges in the Post-9/11 World".
  39. ^ Banlaoi, Rommel. "Philippines-China Security Relations: Current Issues and Emerging Concerns by Rommel Banlaoi". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  40. ^ Banlaoi, Rommel C. (2007). Security Aspects of Philippines-China Relations: Bilateral Issues and Concerns in the Age of Global Terrorism. ISBN 9789712349294.
  41. ^ https://www.slideshare.net/RommelBanlaoi/defense-and-military-cooperation-between-the-philippines-and-china-banlaoi-caps-papers-no-43. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  42. ^ (PDF) https://uplibrarybulletin.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/current-and-emerging-security.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  43. ^ De-radicalization Efforts in the Philippines: Options for Disengagement Strategy.
  44. ^ Al Harakatul al Islamiyyah: Essays on the Abu Sayyaf Group by Rommel Banlaoi.
  45. ^ Banlaoi, Rommel (2009). Counter Terrorism Measures in Southeast Asia: How Effective Are They?. Manila: Yuchengco Center. p. 150. ISBN 978-971-94089-2-5.
  46. ^ Banlaoi, Rommel (2004). War on Terrorism in Southeast Asia. Quezon City: Rex Book Store. p. 233. ISBN 978-971-23-4031-4.
  47. ^ . ISBN 1288329385. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  48. ^ http://movelovesun.com/arthur/ebooks2/?q=The+Amsterdam+Treaty+and+the+European+Union%27s+Common+Foreign+and+Security+Policy%3A+The+Politics+of+Defense+and+Foreign+Policy+Making+in+the+Context+of+Intergovernmental+Conferences+-+Rommel+C.+Banlaoi. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  49. ^ https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/2229320. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  50. ^ Carlos, Clarita R.; Banlaoi, Rommel C. (January 1996). Elections in the Philippines from Pre-colonial Period to the Present. ISBN 9789719178118.