Mayor orders TFZ to verify presence of Turkish terrorists PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 11:52

By LIZA JOCSON

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has directed Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Leonel Nicolas to verify the presence of Turkish terrorists in the city.

This,  following the revelation of Turkish Ambassador Esra Cankorur that Turkish terrorists, particularly members of the Fetullah Gulen Movement, have slipped into the country.

Cankorur also accused a Turkish School in Zamboanga of having links to the terror organisation.

“I already tasked Colonel Nicolas to review reports that have come out and for the security community to validate this report given by the Embassy of Turkey in so far as the presence of these groups in the city of Zamboanga,” said Climaco during her regular press briefing yesterday.

The city government has announced its hands off policy however when it comes to the affairs of the Turkish Tolerance School, an educational institution linked by the Ambassador to terrorist groups.

City Legal Officer (Ret) Judge Jesus Carbon said that he talked to officials of the school and advised them to “take the necessary steps” in response to the accusation.

The school is employing the services of a legal company, the ACCRA, to look into its legal affairs.

“As long as you are in the Philippines, you will be protected but we don’t want to get involved in internal affairs,” Carbon said.

In a statement last week, two foundations in charge of operating the school, the Alternative Development Foundation (ICAD) and the Pacific Dialogue Foundation, Inc (PDF), denied links with terrorist groups.  (Liza Jocson)