From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 13): No info yet on Turkish terror operating in PH — AFP
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced it currently has no information on Turkish terror groups allegedly operating in the country.
"As to the AFP position on whether we have that kind of information, I have to tell you with all honesty that we (do not have any)," military spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said Thursday.
And to ascertain this with finality, he said they might have to coordinate with the Turkish ambassador to the Philippines to obtain such source of information.
Earlier, Turkish Ambassador Esra Cankorur said Turkish terrorists, particularly the Fetullah Gulen Movement, is active in the Philippines.
"We need to closely work with the Turkish ambassador and ascertain whether he can provide us that source of information," Padilla stressed.
As this develops, the AFP spokesperson said they are still to detect any security threats for this year's State-of-the-Nation-Address of President Rodrigo Duterte.
"We still do not have information on that, our monitoring is still to come out with such information," he added.
Padilla also declined to comment on how many troops will be securing the event.
"It’s a matter that I would not want to divulge," he added.