“The report that has been reaching us retired people – at least 100 of our young Filipino Muslims have already infiltrated Iraq to undergo training to return and be jihadists or militants,” former President Fidel V. Ramos told ANC.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines is yet to validate the said information from the former president that hundred Muslim Filipinos have joined the Islamic State in Iraq.
“As far as the AFP is concerned there are no reports of such. We checked with the Intelligence Services, and there are no reports of such,” AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said.
Islamic State (IS) is a self proclaimed jihadist group claiming religious authority over all Muslims across the world. IS is composed of different militant and terrorist groups including Al-Qaeda and other Sunni Arab terrorist insurgent groups. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is Islamic State’s known leader.
In the Philippines, Abu Sayyaf and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters are believed to have pledged alliance to Islamic State. “We have an alliance with the Islamic State and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” BIFF spokesman Abu Misry Mama told AFP.
AFP does not want to confirm the said alliance of Abu Sayaf and BIFF to IS. “We have reports of the video of Abu Sayyaf showing their support for Islamic State, they took their oath, but these are mere propaganda materials,” Zagala said.