MANILA, August 27, 2014— A Catholic bishop expressed alarm over reports that some Filipinos have been recruited to and are currently training with the militant Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS).
Bishop Martin Jumoad of Isabela in Basilan said he himself is worried about what these new recruits will do once they come back to the country.
“There is reason to be worried and the possibility is real. I’m really worried,” Jumoad said.
Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said some Davao residents have been successfully recruited by ISIS.
Former President Fidel Ramos, a retired military general, said last week that about 100 Filipinos are now training with the said jihadist group.
The military, meanwhile, has denied reports that Filipinos have been recruited by the terrorist group.
Bishop Jumoad appealed to the government to verify and continue to be vigilant about the reports.
“The worry is there and it will be heightened when it is done here in Mindanao. I hope our Muslim leaders will do something to neutralize this,” he said.
The group ISIS has claimed to be behind the widespread persecution of religious minorities in Iraq in the form of beheadings, torture and sexual assaults. (CBCPNews)