The Philippine embassy in Malaysia is verifying a report that five Filipinos were arrested in the country because of alleged ties to the Islamic State terrorist group.
Foreign Affairs Department spokesperon Charles Jose said embassy officials are asking for additional information from the Royal Malaysian Police about the identities of the arrested individuals.
Jose said that based on initial information, the terror suspects were not carrying Philippine passports or IDs.
Malaysian police announced Monday that it arrested seven terror suspects in Sabah and Kuala Lumpur last week.
Malaysia's Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar said that one of those arrested was a Filipino who was a permanent resident of Malaysia, who also served as a financier of Malaysian fugitives.
Two other Filipinos were allegedly planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, while two other suspects were allegedly involved in smuggling Indonesian and Malaysian militants from Sabah to Mindanao. -- with a report from DZMM