Government urged to intensify anti-terrorism efforts

SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. urged Tuesday military and police intelligence officials to boost their efforts to neutralize attempts to form an official faction of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Southeast Asia.

Marcos aired the proposal following the terror attacks in Paris and report by the Strait Times that Malaysian militants hiding in southern Philippines aim to bring together terror groups in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, including the Jemaah Islamiah and the Abu Sayyaf.

The report said former Universiti Malaya lecturer Mahmud Ahmad and his cohorts Mohd Najib Husen and Muhammad Joraimee Awang Raimee are behind the alleged plan.

“We must not allow this to happen; we must keep our guard up. Out authorities should intensify their intelligence gathering efforts to neutralize the activities of these international terrorists,” Marcos said.

Marcos said intelligence agencies should enhance their system of cooperation and exchange of information with their counterparts in the region to strengthen the network of defense against terrorist plots.

Marcos also appealed to the public to cooperate with authorities by providing information on any suspicious activities that could lead to the capture of the terrorists and avert any sinister plot they are planning to carry out.

Citing reports by intelligence experts, the senator said most of the leads that resulted in the capture of terrorists or in preventing terrorists attacks were provided by concerned citizens.

“Without the cooperation of everyone, it would be difficult for our authorities to stop terror plots. Who knows, the lives you save may be your own child, wife or relative?” Marcos said. (Sunnex)

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