National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Oscar Albayalde said that some members of the Islamic State-inspired Maute terror group are possibly hiding in Metro Manila.
He made the statement a day after the military said six urban areas are being watched for possible terror attacks. The NCRPO chief also said that some of the terrorists could be hiding in large Muslim enclaves like in Quiapo in Manila and in Taguig City.
Muslim enclaves in Quezon City and Muntinlupa City were included in the watchout for possible terrorist presence. According to the Metro police chief, terrorists are in the city not only to hide and seek refuge but also to recruit members.
“In the poverty-stricken areas, terrorists are usually there because it is easy for them to convince people to join. It is easy for the financially challenged people’s minds to be poisoned because these terrorists usually say they will change their lives,” Albayalde said.
However, Albayalde said that terrorists have not been successful in their recruitment activities. He also added that the military have appealed to Muslim leaders to help authorities capture terrorists.