MANILA -- One of 3 alleged terrorists who reportedly slipped into the Philippines has denied any extremist link, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.
A report from Singapore's The StraitS Times claimed a man and his fiancée recently arrived in Northern Luzon from Sri Lanka to train local militants on bomb-making, and attack churches and other targets. The same report tagged the man's mother as an alleged terror "financier".
"Only one, a woman, is already here, but has presented herself to the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) and has disavowed any terrorist connection," Guevarra said in a text message.
The 2 other alleged terrorists "have no arrival records", he added, citing information from the Bureau of Immigration.
"In any event, the BI's anti-terror group is on the alert regarding further movements of these persons," said Guevarra.
He earlier directed the NBI to look into the alleged terror threat in northern Luzon.
Islamic State attacks in the region were "negative", the military earlier said.