By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin
Following last Friday’s Jihadist attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. urged yesterday the country’s intelligence officials to step up their efforts to neutralize attempts to form an official faction of the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) in Southeast Asia by Malaysian militants hiding in Mindanao.
Marcos made the call, citing a Strait Times report that militants aim to bring together to the fold of ISIS terror groups in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines including the Jemaah Islamiah and the Abu Sayyaf group.
“We must not allow this to happen; we must keep our guard up. Our authorities should intensify their intelligence gathering efforts to neutralize the activities of these international terrorists,” Marcos said.
Marcos said the country’s police and military 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.