Palace: PHL can respond to IS support of Abu Sayyaf

This call from the terrorist group was made in a recent 20-minute video featuring a man later identified by Malaysian officials as Mohd Rafi Udin, a Malaysian militant based in Syria who cited Abu Sayyaf leader Abu Abdullah in the IS effort to spread its terror offensive in Southeast Asia.

“If you cannot go to [Syria], join up and go to the Philippines,” the terrorist said in the video.

“The threat of terrorism, wherever it comes from, is faced and responded by the Armed Forces and the National Police. With the help of the citizens, we can obstruct and banish these countries,” Mr. Coloma said Sunday at Radyo ng Bayan.

Malaysia and Indonesia concluded talks this month with the Philippines on joint patrols in the Sulu Sea and neighboring waters, but have been outspoken about the slew of kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf, the most recent being the abduction of seven Indonesian sailors on the eve of Filipino hostage Marites Flor’s release last Friday.

Reuters reported that day Indonesia’s halt on coal shipments to the Philippines until the country secures its waters. Another Reuters report cited Malaysia’s counter-terrorism police chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay as saying the new video presented a “serious threat.”

Source: Business World Online