Police authorities today said there is no solid proof on the reported presence of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Sultan Kudarat.
Supt. Jemuel Siason, Sultan Kudarat police provincial public safety battalion, said the report purportedly claiming that the armed lawless elements killed in clash with government forces in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat “was a figment of imagination” of some people.
Siason insisted that Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, alias “Commander Tokboy” was a leader of a lawless group involved in cattle rustling, highway robbery and kidnapping in the coastal towns of Sultan Kudarat.
“There was no solid proof that ISIS exists in Sultan Kudarat although
ISIS flags were recovered in the
clash site,” Siason told reporters.
ISIS flags to
show they sympathize with the international terrorist organization,” he added.
Maguid was the leader of Ansar al-Khalifa
Philippines, a group which also exists in other
parts of Mindanao which showed sympathy with
the terrorist organization.
ISIS existence in
Sultan Kudarat? That is not true. The group was composed of lawless elements
mulcting on farmers and civilians in Palimbang,” he said.
Siason said there is no solid document that would justify the existence of ISIS in the
. He said the
reported recruitment activities were purposely for lawlessness and money-making
Earlier, Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani Jr revealed he had received information about the recruitment activities of
in the city and nearby provinces. He said three of those killed in the
Palimbang clash were students from recruited for bomb
making in Palimbang. Cotabato
Eight men, including an Indonesian, were killed when they clashed with members of the 6th Marine Battalion Landing Team in Sitio Sinapangan, Barangay Butril, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat a week ago.
Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, 1st Marine Brigade commander, said the soldiers were assisting the local police in serving the warrants of arrest for Commander Tokboy.
As the state forces were approaching the village, the group of Commander Tokboy with about 40 armed members, opened fire, triggering a four hour running gun battle.Government forces suffered no casualty.
Recovered from the slain armed lawless elements were cal. 50 barret rifle, hand guns, ammunition, shabu paraphernalia and five
Even another lawless group operating in Maguindanao also denied the existence of ISIS in
“Far from truth, may be sympathizers only,” said Abu Misry Mama, spokesperson of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
Mama, who admitted they have forces in Palimbang, denied his group was allied with the group of Commander Tokboy.