MANILA, August 12, 2016— A Catholic bishop has warned the faithful against being radicalized into violent extremism after a Filipino woman was arrested in Kuwait over alleged allegiance to jihadist group ISIS.
Bishop Ruperto Santos particularly urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) not to be lured by ISIS, adding that people from a wide range of backgrounds are being recruited.
“We call on our OFWs not to be taken in by ideologies that sow violence and hatred,” said Santos, who chairs the bishops’ Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People.
“These harmful and dangerous affiliations lead to dangerous and fatal consequences. Our OFWs should avoid anything or anyone that sows destruction and death,” he said.
The prelate of Balanga in Bataan requested the faithful to continue praying for OFWs to be safe from harm.
The Filipino, who works as a house maid, was reportedly detained while being investigated by Kuwaiti authorities.
The prelate also urged the Philippine government to provide the needed legal assistance for the Filipino woman accused of planning an ISIS attack.
“Our government should exert all efforts to verify this report and determine her situation, lend her assistance, and provide legal representation,” he added.
“We, in the Commission, sincerely hope that we can obtain credible information, especially for her family,” the bishop also said. (Kevin Cariño / CBCPNews)