MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa confirmed that the Islamic State (ISIS) has a new emir in Southeast Asia.
Dela Rosa noted that the information came from the arrested Indonesian fighter, Mohammad Ilham Syahputra.
“According to him, Amin Baco is not just one of the remaining stragglers there, but he replaced former emir, Isnilon Hapilon as the emir of Southeast Asia. He assumed the post of Isnilon as the emir of Southeast Asia ISIS,” said the PNP chief.
However, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the public has nothing to worry about even though the military has not yet captured the alleged new ISIS emir, identified as Amin Baco.
Lorenzana explained that the new ISIS emir is not as strong as Isnilon Hapilon, saying it’s the first time Amin’s name has surfaced.
“Obviously, his name had not come up before. Maybe he is not as high profile as Isnilon. Maybe he is just middle level. But maybe, there are no other leaders higher than him. He may be also taking orders,” said the defense secretary.
He added that Amin does not have the capability like Hapilon to amass a huge number of troops.
“We are not belittling him. But he can no longer mass that number of troops like that of Isnilon to bring to Marawi like 2,000 fighters who are fully equipped, fully armed supply with the ammunition,” said Lorenzana.
Lorenzana noted that the military is sweeping every corner of Marawi City and nearby provinces to capture Baco.
Arrested Indonesian terrorist Muhammad Ilham Syahputra identified Baco as the new ISIS emir in Southeast Asia.
It can be recalled military troops captured Syahputra recently in Marawi City. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue