Thursday, October 19, 2017
Close  
globalnation / Asia & Pacific

PH checking if ISIS-linked men arrested in Malaysia are Filipinos

globalnation / Asia & Pacific
  • share this

PH checking if ISIS-linked men arrested in Malaysia are Filipinos

/ 10:42 PM March 13, 2017

The Philippine ambassador to Malaysia on Monday said the embassy is working to confirm the identity of five individuals arrested in Malaysia for supposed links with international terrorist group Islamic State (IS).

Earlier media reports said the five men were Filipinos and were arrested separately in Sabah.

READ: Filipinos arrested in Malaysia for suspected Islamic State links

ADVERTISEMENT

Ambassador Eduardo Malaya told INQUIRER.net that the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur “has requested further information from the Royal Malaysian Police on the alleged link of the five arrested individuals with militants in Mindanao.”

“The Embassy has asked in particular for details on the nationality or nationalities of the five arrested individuals,” Malaya said in an e-mail. “We trust that their names and other personal details will be shared with us shortly, particularly if they are indeed Filipinos. “

The ambassador said the Royal Malaysia Police initially informed the embassy that “none of the five had Philippine passports or identity documents in their possession, although three are confirmed to be permanent residents in Malaysia.”

A report from The Star Online said a female immigration officer was also arrested for allegedly arranging the travel of militants, who did not have valid documents, to Sabah before heading to Mindanao.

A police official said that some of the men have permanent resident status in Malaysia.

One of the suspects was tagged as an IS militant and was said to have “sworn allegiance to Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon.”

Malaya expressed confidence in working with the Malaysian authorities, who he said they have “close working relations” with, “including intelligence sharing on anti-terrorism cases.”

“We expect to vigorously cooperate with them on these latest cases as well,” he said.

ADVERTISEMENT

Inquirer calls for support for the victims in Marawi City

Responding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to victims of the attacks in Marawi City

Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860.

Inquiries may be addressed to Inquirer’s Corporate Affairs office through Connie Kalagayan at 897-4426, ckalagayan@inquirer.com.ph and Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig at 897-8808 local 352, bkasilag@inquirer.com.ph.

For donation from overseas:

Inquirer Foundation Corp account:

Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Abu Sayaff, Eduardo Malaya, ISIS, Islamic State, Malaysia, Mindanao, Terrorism
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.




© Copyright 1997-2016 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved