MANILA, Philippines - Filipino militants in Mindanao are still undergoing training at the hands of Southeast Asian regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), a military official said Wednesday.
Maj. Gen. Caesar Ordoyo, head of the the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), said JI members train their Filipino counterparts on bomb-making and gunnery skills.
"They are training, there are monitoring about their training but we're able to contain them unlike before when they are able to freely go around," he said.
"We cannot ascertain the exact number (of JIs in the country) but initially, 5 of them are currently in Sulu," he added.
Ordoyo said JI members mingle with residents and even speak the local language.
Two high-ranking JI officials were reportedly killed in a recent airstrike in Sulu.
Ordoyo said JI leaders Zulkipli Bin Abdul Hir, alias Marwan; and Muhamda Ali, alias Muawiyah, were among the 15 militants killed by the military.
The military earlier said JI members have trained Filipinos, including Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels and the Abu Sayyaf Group, in MILF camps in the 1990s.