Close  

Cotabato City mayor raises alarm over ISIS recruitment

/ 09:33 AM December 02, 2015
ISIS Flag

This undated image made available in the Islamic State’s English-language magazine Dabiq, shows Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud holding a Quran and the ISIS flag. The flag displays the Islamic creed or shahada. Abaaoud the Belgian jihadi suspected of masterminding deadly attacks in Paris was killed in a police raid on a suburban apartment building. AP

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Mayor Japal Guiani Jr. is urging security agencies of government to act on reports that a group being linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) here has been recruiting young men for the extremist group, despite military and police denials.

“I was told about this in the past and that information was confirmed with the deaths of armed men in Palimbang, three of whom were from Cotabato City,” Guiani said, referring to the November 27 clash in the town of Palimbang in Sultan Kudarat.

ADVERTISEMENT

The military had reported recovering ISIS flags, along with high-powered firearms, in the aftermath of the clash with the armed men, who reportedly belonged to the Ansar Al-Khilafa Philippines.

Guiani said he was “alarmed and deeply disturbed” by the information he had received that at least 30 young residents have been recruited by the ISIS-inspired group.

He said based on the information he got, recruits from the city were promised daily food allowance and pocket money while undergoing bomb-making training in the hinterlands of Palimbang.

“This is alarming and that our security authorities should look into this seriously,” the mayor said, adding that so far, the group has already recruited more than 1,000 people from various areas of Central Mindanao.

Guiani said the group has been targeting minors, out-of-school youth and teenagers interested in reading the Koran.

He said some of the recruits had told their parents they would study Islamic theology in General Santos City and Sultan Kudarat.

Guiani urged parents here to closely monitor their children in the face of the “recruitment” activities of Ansar Al-Khalifa Philippines.

“Know the activities of your children. Monitor them in and out of school to prevent them from getting into the hands of fanatics,” he said.

Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, commander of the 6th Infantry Division based in Maguindanao, told reporters over the weekend that police and military authorities have not found solid proof that ISIS has infiltrated his area of jurisdiction, which included the Sultan Kudarat province.

ADVERTISEMENT

He said the presence of ISIS flags at the site of the clash was not enough for the military to conclude that ISIS has reached Mindanao.

Pangilinan said the armed men might have just idolized ISIS so much that they also decided to use the ISIS flag.

He said Ansar Al-Khalifa Philippines’ use of the ISIS flag could only be meant to draw national and global attention.  SFM

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

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: 6th Infantry Division, Acts of Terror, Ansar Al-Khalifa Philippines, Cotabato City, Edmundo Pangilinan, extremism, extremist groups, Features, Global Nation, ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Japal Guiani Jr., Local authorities, local governments, mayor, Palimbang, Philippine Army, Philippines, Public Safety, Regions, Security, Sultan Kudarat, terror networks, Terrorism
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
lifestyle

RAC + crwn make for a memorable Karpos Live Mix

August 25, 2019 04:40 AM

lifestyle

Experiencing the Love

August 25, 2019 04:30 AM

lifestyle

Can’t hide from the Love Alarm

August 25, 2019 04:20 AM



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.