MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) is now confirming reports that there are foreign terrorists operating in Mindanao.
This was bared by DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during the New Year's Call in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City Tuesday.
"Yun ang hinahanap namin ngayon. We are trying to confirm reports that there are foreign terrorists inside the country especially in Mindanao," he added.
The reports, which came from Malaysia and Indonesia, claimed an increase of foreign terrorists coming from the Philippines' backdoor.
"We are trying to verify that up to now wala pa kaming nako-confirm," the DND chief said.
And when asked on the possible ISIS presence in the south, Lorenzana said efforts were underway to check on this.
"It is ongoing we are intensifying our monitoring there in South and as of now we cannot confirm the presence of foreign terrorists but there are homegrown terrorists there in the South we are sure of that," he added.
Source: Philippine News Agency