MANILA—The Philippine National Police (PNP) assured the public that they have not monitored any presence of the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the country.
This was confirmed by PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor on Thursday.
According to Mayor, they are continuously validating the reports in social media that the group is behind the encounter in Basilan last April that killed 18 soldiers and injured 56 others.
Mayor further stressed that the PNP has not yet received any information on the is presence of ISIS members in the country, adding that the police continues its intelligence operations.
With this, he said the PNP strengthen its coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, particularly in intelligence sharing.
Earlier, Mayor said that the Directorate for Operations (DO) has already directed all units to be alert and vigilant.
He also assured the public that the PNP is ready for response through intensified police visibility and strengthened operations.