AFP verifying reports of Isis recruits in Davao

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is continuously verifying and validating the information that some Filipino youths, particularly Dabawenyos, are being recruited to join the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a military official said Tuesday.

Philippine Army spokesperson Domingo Tutaan said the AFP is "not discounting, dismissing nor contradicting" the reports regarding the Filipino youths allegedly being sent to join the ISIS and participate in the conflict in the Middle East.

"We are not totally discounting dismissing nor are we contradicting the reports that came out simply because we want to validate," he said.

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Tutaan said, as a matter of fact, AFP chief of staff Gregorio Catapang has already directed the troops in Mindanao, particularly in Davao City, to include their intelligence community and to look into and validate the said information.

The army spokesperson said the AFP is undertaking the usual process of the intelligence cycle to assess and confirm the issue with the help of other concerned agencies and personalities.

"The view here is to determine the validity of the report and thereafter determine what appropriate actions the AFP can take in particular and by government in general," he said.

"We have to look into it very carefully so that we do not exude fear among local populates or unnecessary alarm," he added.

On Sunday, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte confirmed that some young Dabawenyos are being recruited to become members of Isis.

The mayor, however, refused to give details regarding the issue.

As reported, it was immediately denied by the AFP. (Sunnex)

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