DAVAO CITY: POLICE and immigration agents on Sunday arrested in this city Canadian Muslim scholar and professor Dr. Abu Ameen Bilal Philips, whom authorities suspect has ties with some Muslim radical extremist groups.
Philips, who has been banned from entering the United States and the United Kingdom, was conducting a lecture in a predominantly Muslim village when he was invited for questioning and subsequently held in custody by authorities, according to The Manila Times.
Chief Supt. Wendy Rosario, director of the Philippine National Police in Southern Mindanao, said the 68-year-old Philips is considered a threat to national security.
Rosario said Philips is being questioned for his possible links with terror groups including the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), noting that his records are enough to sound alarm bells as the scholar was also banned in Kenya, Germany and Australia. READ MORE