Palace says military verifying presence of Turkish terrorists in PH

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 16, 2017

THE military is verifying the purported presence of Turkish terrorists, specifically the members of Fetullah Gulen Movement, in the Philippines, Malacañang said Thursday.

"We will investigate organizations abetting or aiding terrorism and will hold them accountable, especially those who may be working as fronts for terrorists and criminal activities, as alleged by the Ambassador", he said.

A background check by Anadolu Agency (AA) revealed that one of the institutions referred to by Cankorur is the Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School which was founded in 1997 in Zamboanga. "This is now a global threat that can be better addressed through a unified effort", Abella said.

Led by US -based Fetullah Gulen, FETO is accused of orchestrating the defeated coup attempt and of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and the judiciary.

Gulen is its founder.

The Turkish government has been blaming Gulen, a US-based cleric, and his followers, of orchestrating last July's attempted coup to oust President Tayyip Erdogan.

A Reuters profile of him said Hizmet has "set up hundreds of schools and businesses in Turkey and later overseas, with an initial focus on post-Soviet Turkic-language-speaking Central Asia" and Gulen's "philosophy stresses the need to embrace scientific progress, shun radicalism and build bridges to the West and other religious faiths".

In a televised interview, the Turkish ambassador claimed that "the movement also has foundations on the cultural side".

"This is their facade, thinking of them as civic education institutions and innocent charity organizations". That will be a huge mischaracterization; that is wrong...just a façade. They are the facade. "They talk about interfaith dialogue, but they are concealing themselves", Cankorur said.

"ICAD and PDF are also not affiliated with any terrorist organization", the group said in a statement.

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