Suspected Armed Foreigners & Alleged Members of ISIS Sighted in Central Mindanao


Suspected armed foreigners and alleged members of ISIS sighted in Central Mindanao or Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos) was placed under heightened alert status.


The declaration of heightened alert status was made after the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani have been alarmed over the presence of armed men, suspected members of the Maute Group, in at least four towns.

Military and police authorities in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) have been strictly enforcing checkpoints in the wake of Marawi siege, after they received reports about the presence of Indonesians with 30 armed followers believed to be members of ISIS.


Based on initial report, the heavily armed groups were reportedly seen in the coastal towns of Maitum, Kiamba, Maasim and Glan in the Province of Sarangani.

Although there were reports of armed men spotted in some areas of Sarangani, the 1002nd Brigade Command Headquarters based in Pulutana, Barangay Malandag in Malungon Sarangani under Army Col. Tyre Bañas did not confirm nor deny the reports of the presence of armed men.

Local Government Units in the towns of Kiamba and Maasim were suspended on Monday after unidentified group ambushed soldiers of the 27th Infantry Batallion. Private First Class Gelgian Tañamor was wounded during the encounter.

Some 75 families have fled their homes in the town of Glan for fear of the presence of armed men who reportedly ask for food and money in support of their "revolutionary cause." Both Christian and Muslim communities in the area fear that Sarangani would be the next target of the Maute terror group after the failed attack in Marawi.

Source: The Manila Bulletin


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