Just as a massive deployment of troops was being observed in the southern Filipino city of General Santos (GSC), two South Korean officials (who travelled there for an IT conference) as well as several Australian, Chinese and American tourists are dead after a car bomb attack at the Paraiso Verde Hotel in that same city. After the other violent acts in other parts of GSC today, the main lead in our investigation into these events lies in terrorist motivations. Indeed, the Southeast Asian Times has heard multiple sources alleging that these deaths might indicate a political agenda.
According to our sources, two political organizations that might be involved are the communist New People’s Army (NPA) and the Islamist grouping Abu-Sayyaf. The NPA put a halt to peace talks with Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte after a terrorist attack in February of this year. Abu-Sayyaf is a Jihadist militant group that claims to uphold Islamic values and goals, but they are more commonly perceived as a criminal gang. Another known political block is The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and their militant branch, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). These parties are ruling a relatively independent majority-Muslim region of in the Southern region of the Philippines. It is however unlikely that they would be involved in these attacks, given promising autonomy negotiations with President Duterte.
As for the military reaction to these attacks, the recently deployed troops have been seen to respond to this last attack quickly and efficiently. In fact, sources report that a planned attack on the GSC’s Rajah Buayan Air Force Base was foiled thanks to this hasty military deployment.
CONGRATULATIONS DARYL TIGLAO
The winner of our competition has been chosen! Daryl Tiglao proposed a topic that convinced the Board of TICS 2017 entirely. Thus, he will not pay any participation fee at TICS 2017! During this year’s conference we will simulate and discuss conflicts in South East Asia. The United States of America, Australia, China, Japan, South Corea and the Philippines are states that are primarily involved in conflicts in this region and will thus be represented in our cabinets.
Don’t hesitate and take the opportunity to meet this handsome young man to discuss his Topic during TICS 2017.
The conference will be held from the 2nd until the 5th of November. This year you have the exclusive opportunity to choose the Topic of our conference and win free participation for TICS 2017.
How can you join the competition?
Click on the link below and send us your proposal for the Crisis you wish to simulate in November! What Topic should we urgently discuss at TICS 2017?
We can’t wait to read all your creative ideas!
Prize: Free participation at TICS 2017 and the honor to choose the topic of the conference
May the best Topic win…
Your TICS 2017 Board
Only few days left until TICS 2016 kicks off and our Editors-in-chief already managed to publish their pre-conference articles. Have a read on our tumblr, which also serves as “the reality” throughout the conference! If you are not participating, you can follow the conference via this blog: www.tics2016.tumblr.com
Our amazing journalists will also twitter during the conference about events and rumors that might arise: /TICS2016
Ever since we closed last registrations at the end of September, the Directing Board is putting it’s efforts in taking final steps to the conference. The delegate’s handbook is almost done and several emails are in the queue to be sent out. Stay calm and check your inbox!
You will also find information about our venues on the website in the next days.
With great pleasure we announce our partnership with Model United Nations at the University of Salamanca. The beautiful Spanish town of Salamanca hosts one of the most well-known MUN conference throughout Europe. If you want to explore it, click here.
The UN Student Association Tübingen will also most probably send a bigger delegation to MUNUSAL 2017, so contact us in case you are interested in joining us. We are looking forward to an amazing partnership and fruitful exchange.
TICS 2016 has opened its second wave of registrations!
You can see the remaining positions on the respective council pages. Registration fee remains as low as 45€.
Register until the 8th September to take advantage of our hostel offer: 3 nights for 70€! (after the 8th, we will try to organize private accommodation for you)
Second Wave Registrations are open until the 18th September.
Also check out our Facebook page
… our Facebook Event
… and our MUNPlanet Event
KULMUN 2017, partner MUN of TICS and with our president Karim Abada as Secretary-General, takes place from 7th to 11th March 2017 in Leuven, Belgium. We highly recommend it for its outstanding level of debates, amazing organization, incredible participants and extraordinary venues! Do not miss the chance to become part of its secretariat as one of the chairpersons, crisis managers or crisis chairpersons.
Apply here until Wednesday, 7th September: KULMUN Chair Application Form
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and supporters, we were able to get one of MUNPlanet’s online promotional packages and reach an even more international audience. You can find our event page here and you will also find us featured on MUNPlanet’s website!
If you have a MUNPlanet account, upvote the post on TICS 2016!
If you have been to MUNs before, consider registering at the biggest and most successful MUN community online!
We are very proud to be able to announce a partnership with the University of Reading International MUN Conference, with their annual ReadiMUN Conference becoming one of our partner conference!
You can find out more about ReadiMUN and the University of Reading International Model United Nations organisation on their website: http://www.readimun.org/
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