ISIS makes direct contact with Abu Sayyaf, wants caliphate in PH

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana assures the public that the military will not allow ISIS to establish a caliphate in the Philippines
Carmela Fonbuena
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine defense chief Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the leadership of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria made direct contact with Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon back in December 2016 to instruct him to find a suitable area to establish a caliphate in Mindanao.
Mayroon silang contact ngayon (They’ve made contact). One of the leaders in Basilan, Isnilon Hapilon, moved to Central Mindanao allegedly on the behest of ISIS people in the Middle East to find out if Central Mindanao is more conducive to the establishment of their wilayat (caliphate),” Lorenzana said on Thursday, January 26, in a press briefing.
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