THE report that some Filipino rebels were recruited by terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has upset a bishop in Basilan and he wants the government and Muslim leaders to do something about it.
“I hope the government could monitor the 200 Filipinos who are there. I hope our Muslim leaders will do something to neutralize this,” Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad said on Tuesday.
Jumoad is worried about the condition of the Filipino people, adding that it might be heightened when it will be done in Mindanao.
“The worry is there and it will be intensified when it is done here in Mindanao,” he said.
On Monday, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte disclosed that some Davao residents were recruited by ISIS.
He said that the Filipinos, who were recruited by ISIS, have left the country in July.
Recently, former President Fidel Ramos also said that about 100 young Filipinos are
training with the terrorist group.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines had earlier dismissed the claim of Ramos, citing a military intelligence report that revealed that no Filipino rebels were seen training with ISIS.
However, Jumoad said that the possibility that the Filipinos were recruited by the ISIS is “real”.
“There is a reason to be worried and the possibility is real. I’m really worried,” he disclosed.
The AFP said Duterte’s claims are unverified.