Foreign terrorists’ nationalities bared

July 25, 2019

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana yesterday revealed the nationalities of the foreign terrorists who were reported to have been embedded with local terror groups in Western Mindanao.

“I think the nationalities are Egyptian, Malaysian, Indonesian saka Singaporean so... we have the names of couple but we are not going to give it out yet,” Lorenzana told reporters.

According to Lorenzana, the foreign terrorists are with the group of Abu Sayyaf leader Sawadjaan, who was earlier reported to be the ISIS emir in the Philippines.

Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) commander Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana had confirmed that seven foreign terrorists are training members of local terror groups in Sulu, Basilan and Maguindanao.

Sobejana also said that 42 other foreigners suspected of being terrorists are on the military’s watch list and are being monitored.

Meanwhile, Lorenzana was also asked about reports that there are more or less 100 foreign terrorists who are in the country.

Lorenzana admitted that the military has received reports of the 100 foreign terrorists, however he said that these suspected terrorists could not be located.

“The only confirmed one is about the seven foreign fighters. The others, ‘yung 100 na ‘yan, we receive that before, ‘di pa namin alam ‘yung nationalities. The report said they are in Central Mindanao but hard as we may in trying to find where they are, we cannot find them,” Lorenzana said.

“We consider those as information, we cannot confirm... we do not know if really they are there,” he added.