MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said there are no reports from diplomatic posts of Filipinos training with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Charles Jose, DFA spokesman, said there has been a long standing travel ban to Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan because of the internal conflict in those countries.
Former President Fidel V. Ramos earlier revealed there are more than 100 Filipino Muslims training with the extremist group Islamic State, which is waging a civil war in Iraq and Syria.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte also said that some youths in Davao City have been recruited by the group.
IS is formerly known as ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines earlier said they have not received any intelligence reports on Ramos’ and Duterte’s allegations.
The DFA, however, admitted that it would be hard to monitor a Filipino Muslim who will travel to Jordan or Dubai, then travel by land to Iraq and Syria.