Government lawyers disclosed on Monday that 20 cell groups are collaborating with four ISIS-linked groups that aim to establish a caliphate for the international terror organization in Mindanao, GMA news said to a report.
In a memorandum filed with the Supreme Court (SC), the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) enumerated the allied organizations of Abu Sayyaf group, Ansarul Khilafah Philippines (AKP), Maute group and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
These cell groups are as follows:
-Ansar Dawiah Fi Filibbin
-Rajah Solaiman Islamic Movement
-Al Harakatul Islamiyah Battalion
-Jama’at Ansar Khilafa
-Ansharul Khilafah Philippines Battalion
-Bangsamoro Justice Movement
-Khilafah Islamiya Mindanao h. Abu Sayyaf Group (Sulu faction)
-Syuful Khilafa Fi Luzon
-Ma’rakah Al-Ansar Battalion
-Dawla Islamiyyah Cotabato
-Dawlat Al Islamiyah Waliyatul Masrik
-Ansar Al-Shariyah Battalion
-Jamaah al-Tawhid wal Jihad Philippines
-Abu Dujanah Battalion
-Abu Khubayn Battalion
-Abu Sadr Battalion
-Jamaah Al Muhajirin wal Anshor
“These ISIS-linked local rebel groups and ISIS cell groups have conducted violent activities, particularly in the areas of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga and Davao, not merely to sow terror amongst the populace, but to splinter the country. They have the capability of conducting bomb attacks in any area of Mindanao,” the OSG said.