MANILA - President Aquino on Friday said there is no credible and imminent terror threat in the Philippines.
In an interview, Aquino said that while there were Filipinos on social media who have identified themselves as members of the terror group Islamic State, these people never lived in the country.
"One was in Saudi Arabia and another in Lebanon but they have never lived in the Philippines," he said.
The President said government intelligence agencies are monitoring the possible entry of ISIS militants in the Philippines and coordinating with other intelligence agencies.
He also urged the public to cooperate in keeping the country safe.
"May general threat, oo. Di naman tayo immune sa problema ng extremism pero lahat ng ating mga ahensya sa law enforcement, sa intel nakatutok sa problemang ito at pinipilit nating ma-thwart lahat ng potential na problema," he said.
The Philippine National Police is on full alert following the series of attacks in Jakarta, Indonesia that left seven people dead and 24 people seriously wounded.
PNP spokesman Wilben Mayor said all units are prepared to prevent a similar incident from happening in the country.
Experts agree that there is a growing threat from radicalized Muslims inspired by Islamic State, some of whom may have fought with the group in Syria.
However, they said the low death toll on Thursday pointed to the involvement of poorly trained local militants whose weapons were crude.
Jakarta police chief Tito Karnavian said the mastermind of the Jakarta attack wants "to unite all ISIS supporting elements in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines." With Reuters