Philippine military cannot publicize JI terror suspects
MANILA, Oct. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- The Philippine military admitted Monday that it cannot publicize the name and photograph of the some 30 suspected members of Indonesia-based militant group JemaahIslamiah (JI) operating in the country.
"Right now, I haven't gotten yet an official account of the 30 or so JI members who authorities said are being tracked down," Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Narciso Abaya told reporters.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the military to make it known to the public the names and faces of the suspected terrorists so that they can be identified and reported anytime andanywhere.
Abaya, however, said his men will comply to the president's order as soon as the needed data are available. He likewise admitted that the military might have difficulty in tracking down the JI operatives as revealed by Taufic Rifqi, a core member of the group nabbed on Oct. 2 in the southern Philippine city of Cotabato.
The general said the search operations started without names, pictures, and what they have are a bunch of alias, adding that he is even not sure if the alleged JI suspects have fled to other countries. The JI branch in the Philippines was headed by a certain Jul Kipli who has supposedly returned to Indonesia. Enditem
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