EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro on Tuesday said he has not received reports that Islamic State jihadists had recruited Filipino students in Mindanao.
“I’ve checked with all our regions and divisions in Mindanao and none of them has received any such reports,” Luistro told this reporter in a text interview.
The Department of Education (DepEd) earlier said it will verify reports that supporters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are recruiting in schools in Mindanao to expand the group’s global membership.
The DepEd chief said he asked all school heads in Mindanao to verify information on the existence of this group.
If found that this group is indeed recruiting students, Luistro promised that he will immediately coordinate with authorities and local officials to prevent jihadists or members of terror groups from preying on students.
“Please ask which school they are referring to and I promise to confirm and contact school authorities and local government units,” he said.