PH blocks entry of suspected ISIS trainer

October 01, 2018

A PAKISTANI suspected of being a trainer for the terrorist group Daesh was barred entry into the country, the Bureau of Immigration yesterday said.

A report forwarded by BI deputy commissioner and Ports operation division chief Marc Red Mariñas to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Naeem Hussain, 36, was intercepted last September 22 at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

Hussain arrived aboard an Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai.

Mariñas said Hussain is in the BI’s list of suspected international terrorists for being an alleged trainer of the terror group “Daesh” also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Daesh members have been waging a fanatical and brutal war against the United States and its coalition partners in Iraq and Syria, where they want to establish an Islamic caliphate.

The BI said Hussain is on the watchlist of the military intelligence community, which sought the BI’s help in monitoring the suspect’s possible entry or departure from the country.

During interview, the Pakistani suspect said he had been working as a digital designer for the last 16 years and that he traveled to the Philippines to visit his Filipina girlfriend who lives in Olongapo City.

Records showed that Hussain was already denied entry last May when he attempted to enter the country, also from Dubai, via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). 

Mariñas said Hussain was immediately booked on the first available flight back to Dubai.