Death of alleged ISIS-recruited Filipinos in Syria unconfirmed – DFA

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The Department of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said the reported death of two Filipinos fighting with the opposition in Syria remain unconfirmed, but stressed that the Philippine government is cognizant of the potential threat to national security posed by Philippine nationals joining extremist groups overseas.

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“Such dangers include the propagation of extremist ideas and terrorism by Filipinos affiliated with such groups upon their return home,” a DFA statement on Wednesday said.

Philippine security and intelligence authorities, the DFA said, are monitoring of possible recruitment by ISIS and other foreign extremist groups in the Philippines.

“The DFA defers to hem on this matter,” it said, adding the Philippines “condemns the war crimes and cries against humanity being perpetrated by ISIS.”

“As a responsible member of the international community, the Philippines will do its part in global efforts to thwart ISIS,” the DFA said. PNA

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