Help urged for ISIS-linked Filipina

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BALANGA CITY, Bataan: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines–Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) has urged the government to provide assistance to a Filipino woman who was reportedly arrested for being a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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“Our government should exert all efforts to verify this report and determine her situation, lend her assistance and provide legal representation,” Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos, CBCP-ECMI chairman, said.

Santos expressed hope that they can obtain credible information, especially from the woman’s family, so that assistance to the suspect could be facilitated.

He called on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) not to be lured by ideologies that sow violence and hatred.

“These harmful and dangerous affiliations lead to dangerous and fatal consequences. Our OFWs should avoid anything or anyone that sows destruction and death,” the bishop said.

Santos requested everyone to continue praying for Filipino workers abroad to be kept away from harm.

Reports showed that the Filipino woman, a household service worker in Kuwait, was suspected of planning an ISIS attack.

The unnamed woman allegedly joined the jihadist group through its affiliate in Libya.

ERNIE B. ESCONDE

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