From GMA News Online (Jul 9, 2019): Think-tank chief claims Egyptian terrorist couple skulking in Sulu
Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence, and Terrorism President Rommel Banlaoi on Tuesday claimed that an Egyptian couple related to the Indonesians behind the Jolo cathedral bombing were in Sulu, ready to carry out instructions from the Islamic State militant group.
“They are here... to conduct intermittent bombing operations in the Philippines,” Banlaoi alleged at the sidelines of a forum.
The couple, said to be related to the Indonesian suicide bombers who attacked the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in January, were being coddled by an Abu Sayyaf sub-group headed by Hajan Sawadjaan.
However, Banloi added that the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines were aware of the Egyptian couples presence, and were doing their best to prevent any planned terror attacks.
According to Banlaoi, security forces were already conducting focused military operations against the threat. Aside from this, the AFP and the PNP had also intensified their intelligence gathering efforts against the Egyptian couple.