Veteran diplomat says PHL can contain ISIS PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 February 2016 14:27

Effie Ben Matityau, Israel’s ambassador the Philippines and a veteran diplomat, said he is confident the Philippine government can contain threats of the so-called Islamic State, particularly in Mindanao.

Matityau said the Philippines has experience in working on the peace process with former insurgents in the southern part of the country, and can also prevent radicalization similar to that of the Islamic State or ISIS.

“ISIS is a phenomena that grows out of misinterpretation of Islam... The issue is that ISIS is taking this whole story of Islam, and is distorting it into fanaticism. We are not talking about religion, we are talking about the use of religion for political, ideological issues that are the distortion of Islam,” Matityau told Philstar.com.

The ambassador, who served as a member of his country’s peace and normalization team with Egypt, said the Philippines has taken “plenty of steps” to control the conflict in Mindanao.

“I see that your government is capable enough to handle the situation of the country,” he said.

As early as 2013, the security community has been observing the spread of ISIS influence in the country, notably through what seemed to be a Black Flag Movement in southern Philippines.

Earlier this month, United Nations Secretary General l Ban Ki Moon warned security officials of member nations of the gravity of threat and expansion of ISIS in many parts of the world, including Southeast Asia and the Philippines.